Re "Why is state set to suspend testing?" (Editorials, Sept. 11): The STAR test does not tell whether students are learning what the state has decided they should learn, because STAR is not aligned to the state curriculum standards being implemented in California schools.
The STAR test does not give reliable scores for individual students, because it was not designed to give reliable information about the growth or achievement of individual students.
The STAR test does not tell whether students are learning the skills and habits that will make them productive workers and good citizens, because bubble-in tests cannot measure the most important outcomes of good schooling.
It is long past time to move away from the No Child Left Behind Act and allow schools to focus on educating students.
-- George Sheridan, Garden Valley