'School tests not a complete picture'

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I write to offer a comment about a recent front page article by Hillary Gavan on the test scores of Beloit Public Schools.

First, a bit of my background. I have taught on three continents. Most of my career as an educator was at the middle school level. However, I have also done teacher training as well as being an executive director at a few NEA regions. My background also includes publishing and editing.

Ms. Gavan's article was very well done with a balanced, specific approach to the quality of education and the standards Beloit schools seek to achieve. The superintendent's statement was insightful: Politely bringing attention to the long-standing truth that standardized test results do not give a complete picture of student progress for every student, or even for a large group of students. Many aspects of developing high level cognition cannot be measured in most standardized tests.

Ms. Gavan's article then clearly stated test result data, helping readers to focus on varying test scores at different schools. In summary, the article on the front page truly led readers to turn pages and discovering that Ms. Gavan's article was well worth a thorough reading.

Sandra D. Wittenbrink

Beloit

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