State High School Testing Requirements Could be Changing

Posted at: 11/28/2012 5:15 PM
Updated at: 11/28/2012 6:49 PM
By: Brianna Long

(ABC 6 News) -- It's a day that many high school seniors do not look forward to; GRAD testing. There are certain standards they have to meet in order to graduate. Those standards will not be changing, but the way students are assessed could be.

"I'm excited about what they're talking about, but really want to get right down to the details," said Rochester Public Schools Superintendent Michael Munoz.

A task force with the Minnesota Department of Education voted Tuesday night to do away with the high-risk testing.

"They've made recommendations of using a different type of assessment," said Munoz.

Dennis Hood coordinates all testing activities in the Rochester School District.

I would have voted the same way," Hood said. He says there are some alignment issues between the testing and what students are learning, especially in math. It's a subject high school seniors fail more than any other.

"You cold be accepted in college based on your ACT scores, but based on your math score on the MCAs, you can't get a diploma," said Hood.

The proposal to get rid of GRAD testing is being presented to the State Department of Education this week. However, the legislature would have to approve any changes. Changes Munoz is still weighing.

"Right now, the idea of look at something different, I'm very supportive of that, but just want to make sure I know what that is that we're going to replace it with, before I totally jump on board," said Munoz.

The final recommendations are due to the Department of Education by December 1st. In addition to high school testing, they will also include elementary and middle school assessments, as well as cost and policy recommendations.