Major Latino Groups Condemn High-Stakes Testing

K-12 Testing

Two prominent national Latino organizations have released statements condemning the growing use of high-stakes tests to measure standards-based reform and student achievement, claiming that such practices have adversely impacted Hispanic students.


The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) report argues that states should avoid using standardized tests as the sole measure of student achievement. A briefing document from the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans specifically warns against basing important decisions about English language learners on exams given only in English, due to the likelihood that such judgements will be based on “inaccurate and inadequate information.”


Both reports make suggestions for how to correct for such flaws: using tests as only part of comprehensive assessment systems that include multiple measures, and better addressing the needs of English language learners for accommodations and changes in testing programs.


- Selected findings from “Towards a Latino Policy and Progam Agenda,” from NCLR, 1111 19th St., NW, Suite 1000, Washington, D.C. 20036; 202-776-1792.


- President’s Advisory Commission, Educational Standards, Assessment, and Accountability: A New Civil Rights Frontier, available from White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Room 5E-110, Washington, D.C. 20202; 202- 401-1411