Betsy DeVos may have been the worst Secretary of Education ever.
Not “may have been.” She was the worst Secretary of Education ever.
But even Betsy DeVos knew that holding schools accountable for federally mandated standardized tests during the worst pandemic in a hundred years made no sense.
She cancelled them.
When Joe Biden was running to replace Donald Trump he was asked about standardized testing.
“Will you commit to ending the use of standardized testing in schools.”
Biden answered, “Yes.” “Teachers should be able to determine curriculum in their schools.”
But that has all changed and the tests are back.
“Yes” means “no”.
In a letter to state education leaders, acting Assistant Education Secretary Ian Rosenblum wrote that the Biden administration will not consider waivers of federal testing requirements this year.
The requirement to administer state exams was waived by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in spring 2020.
The announcement embodied a “frustrating turn” for the administration, said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, the nation’s second largest teachers’ union and who supported Biden in the Democratic primary against Bernie.
“As the educators in the classroom, we have always known that standardized tests are not the best way to measure a child’s development, nor do they particularly help kids or inform best practices for teaching and learning,” said Weingarten.
You don’t have to tell me. Tell Joe.