Closing Arizona schools until the end of the school year and suspending standardized tests is the right call, because health matters more than test scores to evaluate students, teachers and schools.

Now is the time to recognize the problems associated with the misuse and overuse of test results, which are highly correlated with family income. Wealthy families are at the top and those who live in poverty are at the bottom.

When the coronavirus crisis is behind us, hopefully, schools will find alternative ways to improve educational outcomes and measure academic performance. Scrapping the high-stake tests will allow teachers and students an opportunity to focus on what’s important.

Mary Lou Arbanas, Pine

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