High-stakes testing is bad for students

Student 6WEA members believe student growth should be assessed in multiple ways, including classroom assessments and standardized tests.

WEA members oppose using standardized tests to make high-stakes decisions about students, staff and schools, including using a single test as a barrier to graduation.

We also stand strong against tying student test scores to teacher evaluations, a policy that does nothing to help students and has no basis in research.


WEA members are actively involved in shaping the new Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced the controversial No Child Left Behind Act. Here are some of the major changes:

  • The requirement that 100 percent of students demonstrate proficiency on state tests by the 2013-14 school year
  • Requirement that schools achieve Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) or face punitive measures such as sending home school failure letters, setting aside Title I dollars for supplementary education services such as tutoring, or mandatory school choice options for students attending a “failing” school
  • Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) requirements. 

Read more about ESSA here.