Governor Speaks Out Against CATS Test Reform

Frankfort 4th grade teacher Melissa Rash believes in the CATS Test.

“I think writing is very important in communicating and teaching kids to be life long learners,” she said.

But some KY Senate Republicans think much of the test with its open ended questions and writing portfolios for 4th graders isn't needed.

“The CATS Test is unpopular across the board from a great majority of educators because it is ineffectual,’ says Sen. President David Williams, R-Burkesville.

However, Governor Steve Beshear says not so. Flanked by some big guns in Kentucky education such as KEA and the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, he called a news conference to announce he's against Senate Bill One, which would more or less replace much of the writing in the test with multiple choice questions.

“Senate Bill One eliminates test questions requiring students to explain what they know,” said Gov. Beshear, D-Kentucky.

But Williams claims the current test is not preparing children for college. “What is irrefutable is that over 60% going to KCTCS are not ready for college level work in mathematics.”

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