Prescott off the mark on testing in column | Letter

I was reading the article “Tests Won’t Solve Education Woes” in the Feb. 7 Reporter and had to check the calendar. No, it wasn’t April 1! It really was Feb. 1 and Cindy Prescott was appearing to be serious.

She says, “In just about every country, poor students do worse than rich students. America’s yawning income inequality means our international test sample has a higher share of low-income students, and their scores depress our national average.” Seriously? We have the highest standard of living in the world and our “poor” have even more than many of the rich in other countries.

I could play with that data and come to very different conclusions. To misuse data like this to attempt to justify not using the MAP test is laughable at best, or demonstrates a lack of any real understanding of the rest of the world at worst. She goes on to say, “We’re the educational experts in the field and we really know what’s happening with our children.” I have seen many excellent teachers, but anyone who would make the above statements is not one of them. As parents, we spend more time overall educating our children in life and many of us are also experts.

To think you don’t need our input in these matters is astonishing. And I won’t even address her concern about children being afraid, as I believe she is the one who is afraid of where this educational initiative is going.


Gary Wigle



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