On Tuesday, February 10th I had the opportunity to testify before the Senate Education Committee. It is an honor to represent the Hilliard City School District and to share my perspective as part of the legislative process.
State assessments and accountability have been a “hot topic” in Hilliard over the past several months. I shared concerns about the proliferation of assessments – and the time it takes away from instruction – during the State of the Schools Address in October. We held the first Assessment and Accountability Summit in November. We had several hundred people attend this event at Weaver Middle School to share thoughts, concerns, and ideas about assessment strategies.
We will continue to seek clarity in Hilliard about our assessment practices. We must balance the need for accountability with the time it takes away from instruction. We will continue to thoughtfully consider the implications on our school environment and the potential for unnecessary stress for students, teachers, and parents. We will again engage our community about future assessments – and the purpose of assessments here in Hilliard.
Below is a copy of my testimony from February 10, 2015. I look forward continued conversation as we collaborate to provide the best possible learning opportunities for the young people in Hilliard.