Demand a more comprehensive view of a student than just standardized testing

Standardized tests have a racist history and disproportionately affect low-income schools. They hinder creativity, create a competitive environment, and harm students' mental health. Teachers prioritize teaching to the test instead of holistic student development. Standardized tests have long been the primary measure of academic achievement, but they fail to capture essential aspects of students' development. Educational success is not solely determined by test scores; it encompasses social and emotional well-being, which directly impacts students' ability to thrive academically. Implementing a crucial change in the education system by requiring the administration of social-emotional surveys alongside standardized tests. This addition will provide a more comprehensive and holistic view of schools, allowing for a better understanding of students' well-being and overall educational experience. By incorporating these surveys alongside standardized tests, schools can gather critical information regarding students' experiences, challenges, and needs beyond academics. This comprehensive approach fosters a supportive and nurturing environment for all students.

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