Save trees. Axe TAKS. Ban the drumroll moment. It’s simple: Implement an online basic skills test. Instead of stopping everything for testing, let students log on individually in a campus testing lab. Instead of an “all hands on deck” approach against cheating, make it the testing lab supervisor’s job. Is a student above grade level? Let him or her log on in September and move on. Below grade level? Let him or her test as many times as needed. An online test could tell instantly what’s not right and how it can be corrected. Isn’t that what learning is about?

Young is the editorial page editor of the Waco Tribune-Herald.

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