Every kid deserves an individualized education, but a huge barrier for a lot of students, parents and teachers is the overreliance on standardized tests. We all know kids learn in different ways and standardized tests limit educators’ abilities to create learning environments that meet the individual needs of students.
When a student prepares for a standardized test that’s all they’re preparing for, a test that has no value in predicting one’s potential for success. These year-end tests on traditionally defined classes do nothing in the long-term and limit innovation and creativity in a student. We must reimagine our education system so we can create learning environments that respect each student’s learning style and allow for innovation.