“In general, standardized testing has good value. … It does, it holds people accountable,” Stelter said. “It helps us measure ourselves against our peers.”
Carlson said he wasn't initially “a big fan of the testing process” because of sanctions for under-performing schools, among other things. But now he's impressed with how intricate the tests have become, with results indicating what each student's strengths and challenges are.
The candidates also fielded questions about bullying, tight budgets, school safety, and technology inside and outside the classroom.
Potts provided a written statement at the forum, which reads in part: “Through continued fiscal responsibility, a commitment to finding the best ways to serve a changing student demographic and a strong focus on excellence in the form of college/work-force preparedness, St. Peter Public Schools can continue to develop and improve.”