But we hope the state Education Department is listening to all the folks saying there isn’t enough time for students to do what’s being asked of them. It’s reasonable to think that a new test might yet have a few bugs to be worked out.
Field wrote that her students were made to feel “worthless” by the test, because it seemed to be much too difficult. On the other hand, a test that is so easy that everyone aces it is not of much value as a diagnostic tool.
Rather, a valuable test is one that hits that Goldilocks note of “just right” - hard enough to challenge and push students, but not so hard that they become frustrated, give up or feel defeated by the experience.
The current test, it would seem, is not quite there yet. We hope officials keep trying until it is.