District 51 justified in challenging testing

Mesa County Valley School District 51 has joined a growing movement against an over-abundance of state testing.

This isn’t some out-of-left-field development. Many parents and teachers turned out for a Nov. 6 meeting of the Standards and Assessment Task Force in Grand Junction and expressed dissatisfaction with the state’s battery of mandated tests.

It’s not just the sheer number of tests, although critics say they reduce learning time. District 51 officials are concerned how they’re tied to teacher performance (and possibly compensation) and how the district’s accreditation is jeopardized when parents exempt their children from taking them.

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