Push for Testing Students in Kindergarten
St. Louis, MO (KPLR) A national push is on to make public school more rigorous and hold teachers more accountable could lead to standardized testing for kids as young as kindergartners. There are those in the education field who think that’s a bad idea. First, kids have enough pressure on themselves without adding a test at such a young age. Second – Dr. Kathleen Sullivan Brown of UMSL said a low score could pigeon-hole a student as “not a good learner” or “not college material” even at that age. She prefers more of a screening method to see if kids are progressing. Brown says kindergarten should be for kids to learn the social and behavioral skills they’ll need when they advance to the first grade and beyond. Here is the link to the group behind the report.