Just a couple of hours ago, I posted a story about the Rhode Island State Senate’s decision to impose a three-year moratorium on the use of a standardized test as a high school graduation test. The vote was 29-5. The test is called the. New England Comprehensive Assessment Program and bears the appropriate acronym (NECAP, pronounced “kneecap”). The test was not intended to be a graduation test; it is a cardinal rule of testing that tests should be used only for the purpose for which they were designed.
But today, the speaker of the state’s House of Representatives, Nicholas Mattiello, said he opposes any change in the policy. He has the support of State Commissioner Deborah Gist and the State Board of Education, who want to keep the test.
Here is a modest proposal:
How about if Speaker Mattiello, Commissioner Gist, and the state board take the NECAP and release their scores?
Then, the House can decide whether NECAP is a necessary and useful.