DESE Requesting Funds to Buy Testing Accountability Software

A victory for Missouri students, parents, and taxpayers. Last spring, I sponsored legislation to require the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to purchase testing accountability software, writing

If standardized tests are intended to give an accurate measure of student achievement, Missouri taxpayers deserve accountability measures to ensure the system isn’t being gamed.

I’m pleased to report that DESE has likely made this legislation unnecessary as it has requested supplemental budget funds this year to purchase testing accountability software. I’ve also been informed the Department will include a request for the same software in next year’s budget.