This was the first year that students entering kindergarten all around the state were given a test to assess their skills and readiness. This test — unlike others given to public school students — doesn’t aim to evaluate what they are learning in school, but rather what they bring to the classroom to begin learning. State education officials responsible for developing and rolling out this new test say the results are sobering, that too many kindergarteners performed poorly identifying letters of the alphabet and demonstrating their grasp of very simple math.
Some critics of the new assessment say they have nothing against tests in general, however, this one was rushed, poorly designed and its results therefore are highly questionable, if not downright useless.
Do you teach or parent kindergartners or pre-kindergartners? What’s your experience with the test? What questions do you have about it?
- Stephanie Feeney: Adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University
- Jada Rupley: Early learning system director for the Oregon Department of Education
- Steffen Saifer: Educational consultant and author
- Rob Saxton: Deputy superintendent of public instruction for the Oregon Department of Education