Liverpool Board of Education discusses standardized testing

At a regularly-scheduled meeting on Tuesday night, the Liverpool Board of Education discussed a resolution about standardized testing.

The resolution calls for New York State to develop an accountability system that does not require extensive standardized testing. It also asks Congress to overhaul the "No Child Left Behind Act" and reduce testing mandates.

The district is looking at the resolution as a way to improve education for Liverpool students.

"Are we doing justice for the education of all students by mandating more and more testing?" questioned Superintendent Mark Potter. "And when I mean more testing, I'm talking about more seat-time testing. The seat time has increased from what typically has been in the past...two days to three days, and now from 45 minutes to 60 minutes in some cases."

Some parents believe the district is not equipped to handle the demands of standardized testing.

"We have less teacher assistants in the classroom working with our students," said parent Sharon Yager. "Less teachers, larger class sizes, and I think implementing such a high standard at this point - with less support - is going to set us up for failure."

Potter believes there are better ways to measure student achievement.

"Rather than a paper-and-pencil three-hour assessment, I think we're probably better off trying to come up with some sort of a performance-based, or some sort of a project-based, learning assessment that really identifies the skills a student has," said Potter.

The Board of Education did not vote on the resolution at Tuesday night's meeting, and said it does not oppose accountability in public schools.