The Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts supports authentic assessment and evaluation and believes that all children can learn; however, we know that children do not learn at the same rate, at the same time, or under the same circumstances. While efforts to improve the quality of education in Ohio, especially in underachieving schools, are laudable, and the desire for accountability is understandable, high stakes testing often fails to accurately assess students’ knowledge, understanding, and capability and is an inadequate and often unreliable measure of both student learning and educator effectiveness. Further, the overreliance on high stakes standardized testing hampers educators’ efforts to focus on the broad range of learning experiences that promote the innovation, creativity, problem solving, collaboration, communication, critical thinking and deep subject-matter knowledge that will allow students to thrive in a democracy and an increasingly global society and economy.
Resolved that the Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (OCTELA)
- call on the governor, state legislature and state education boards and administrators to re-examine public school accountability systems in Ohio, and develop a system based on multiple forms of authentic assessment which does not require extensive standardized testing, more accurately reflects the broad range of student learning, and is used to support students and improve schools; and that we
- call on legislators and policymakers to repeal laws and policies that tie significant consequences to scores on single assessments; and that we
- invite legislators and policymakers to join with professional organizations to develop better means of improving assessment in Ohio.