• December 20, 2014

Earning the grade: Killeen ISD candidates discuss standardized testing, education

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HARKER HEIGHTS — Four candidates vying for one spot on the Killeen Independent School District board of trustees gave their views on standardized testing Thursday during the Heights Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs luncheon forum.

Board Vice President Terry Delano, who is unopposed for his Place 5 seat, did not attend the forum.

Lan Carter, a former educator, said there is too much emphasis on standardized testing.

“It’s stressful for the teachers, as well as stressful for the children. I know my 11-year-old gets test anxiety,” Carter said.

Instead of using testing as the only tool to measure a student’s success, Carter said it should be used as a benchmark.

“It has its place as far as monitoring progress or lack

of growth, but I don’t think it should be a make it or break it situation,” she said.

Aya Eneli, who will have five children enrolled in Killeen ISD schools for the 2014-2015 school year, said the issue of standardized testing is one that educators have been grappling with for ages.

The tests need to have different functions, she said.

“What we need to do is have standardized testing play a role, but not the only role,” Eneli said. “(We need) to bring in some other components as well that allow us to measure the complexity of a student and what they bring to the table.”

Retired Staff Sgt. Brockely Moore, who is an active volunteer in the community, said standardized testing has two avenues.

“It lets the teacher and the parent know where their kids stand as well as lets the kid know how to achieve,” Moore said. “There’s nothing wrong with standardized testing as long as it’s used in the right way.”

Marvin Rainwater, who retired after 43 years with Killeen ISD, said he’s against standardized testing because it is just a “snapshot” of what happens on a specific day at a specific time.

Rainwater said educators are supposed to open doors for students, but standardized testing closes those doors of opportunity.

“It’s so misused,” he said. “The state of Texas spends millions of dollars to develop those tests, which could be used in so many better ways.”

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