Washington Senator John McCoy wants to get rid of K-12 standardized testing

PULLMAN, WA - Washington Senator John McCoy is asking K-12 educators to focus less on standardized testing, and more on creating "Problem Solvers."

Washington's democratic senator for the 38th District spoke to Washington State University's College of Education Wednesday night. He said he'll continue his efforts to get rid of standardized testing in the state because he believes they can't accurately portray student performance.

"Rather than a test, we should have a school system, a seamless school system from birth to career," said Senator John McCoy.

McCoy said he has a problem with the emphasis on Common Core because it limits a student's creativity and capacity to problem solve. He said his ideal K-12 education system would get rid of grades and centralized school buildings, but he supports the use of technology to individualize education.