Students who pass the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills and their classes would attend class for fewer days, essentially earning extra days of summer vacation. [Article Link]
In most states there is a group of people (not necessarily educators) who determine what knowledge and skills children should have by a certain age or grade. Those tests usually determine whether or not someone can graduate and if the school is being successful.
My thought, based on the quote, is why do we need schools and classrooms? Students simply need to pass a test to be proficient. That knowledge can be imparted in so many ways. Camps, life experience, online, and so many others. What good is simply sitting in a classroom? Why do they need that to pass the test?
Let's tell them what they need to know upfront and give the test several times a year. Once they pass it, they can choose the course of action they want.
- They can continue learning in a flexible environment that lets them work on the next grade level test in an age-appropriate setting.
- They can choose to take some time off from school and pursue learning on their own while waiting for the next traditional school year.
- They can choose to do some career exploration and on-the-job training.
- Add your own creative solution in the comments.