With many teachers speaking out against testing, Maura N. Henry, a teacher of English as a second language in New York City, shared why well-designed and well-administered assessments are needed.
She encourages educators to strive towards tests they can trust, because they provide essential feedback to help students. As an example, she points to a test she knows well:
Since its redesign two years ago, the test my students take, the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT), produces results that mirror my students’ proficiency on classroom tasks. And the data I receive from the exam is disaggregated by language usage (listening, speaking, reading, writing), so I can design classroom tasks that allow students to practice the skills they most need help on.
Reliable results and relevant data make the NYSESLAT a test I can trust.