Testing Hurts Latinos

K-12 Testing

At a Capitol Hill briefing for scholars and policy makers, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Hispanic Education Coalition, and the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas (UT) warned against the potential harmful impact on Latino students of testing requirements contained in the new federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) (see stories pp. 9 and 11).


“The inappropriate use of assessments poses a great threat to proper implementation of the ESEA and can, in fact, actually widen the educational achievement gap between Latino students and their non-Latino peers, “ the groups stated. Panelists presented research describing the damage done by high-stakes testing to Latino students and announced completion of a new evaluation of the Texas state accountability system. The results of the study will be featured in a book edited by UT Professor Angela Valenzuela entitled Assessment and Educational Equity: Why ‘Texas-Style’ Accountability Fails Latino Youth. For more information contact her at valenz@mail.utexas.edu