We are pleased to see the Imperial County's STAR program test scores going up. Who wouldn't be?
While gains in the county this year were, on average, only slightly better than last year, there is a trend of improvement and for that we congratulate our local students, teachers and administrators for their hard work preparing for the Stanford 9 and other STAR tests.
As the pressure of accountability mounts across the state, no public school can deny the importance placed on these and similar test results. Regardless of the validity or non-validity of criticisms against the testing, the fact is the tests are mandated by the state and state officials are looking at the results, even awarding money on the basis of the scores.
As long as the tests are here, we should be doing everything we can to prepare our kids to do well on the exams.