While he would have recommended standardized testing not be administered this year, a Piatt County school leader is not concerned about the testing of his students this year.
Dr. Vic Zimmerman, Superintendent of Monticello Schools, indicates he is not fond of having standardized tests be administered this year. The State of Illinois is giving districts the option to give the tests in the spring or this coming fall.
Many administrators feel administering tests this year is going to return nearly useless data, whenever that data comes back. It's a long-standing frustration in education and Dr. Zimmerman believes the things to come out of COVID are going to make education better, like returning assessment results quicker.
While he isn't supportive of the testing being done this year, Dr. Zimmerman is confident his students will do well with it regardless because Monticello students are good test-takers.
Heading into next year, Dr. Zimmerman indicates they will return to five days a week learning and full school days. He also predicts remote learning will not be an option and so they hope to have the majority of their students back in the classroom.