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High Stakes Testing

Re-Claiming a Moral Profession in Unethical Times

Colin Schumacher | Posted 04.27.2015 | Education
Colin Schumacher

In these dire times of unethical decision-making by policy makers, it's important that teachers remain grounded in moral principles that have proven timeless in preserving the promise of public education. It has been painfully evident that union leadership has settled for political maneuvering rather than unwavering principle.

Common Core Means No Child Left Untested

Alan Singer | Posted 04.16.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

The more I look at the Common Core approach to reading, the more it seems to be a shill for publishers like Pearson to sell new "Common Core" aligned textbooks, workbooks, and online packaged learning programs.

Accountability for Whom?

Pedro Noguera | Posted 04.15.2015 | Education
Pedro Noguera

It is sad and ironic that in this era when the mantra about accountability in education is mouthed repeatedly by policymakers, those who have the most authority accept no accountability for the system they have managed and created.

Why the 'Opt-Out' Movement for High Stakes Testing Is Bad for Students in Urban Public Schools

Stuart Rhoden | Posted 04.12.2015 | Education
Stuart Rhoden

Can these diagnostics be improved? Absolutely. But we are fooling ourselves if we think that students should not have any quantitative measures of identifying academic growth -- even flawed ones such as the current iterations of high-stakes testing.

Seven More Reasons to Opt-Out of High-Stakes Testing

Alan Singer | Posted 04.10.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

In case you need more reasons to oppose high-stakes Common Core tests, here are seven more reasons to opt-out.

Parker J. Palmer on Racial Injustice and the Standard of Faithfulness

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 04.09.2015 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

Parker J. Palmer is an author, educator, and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change, with nearly 10 books and countless articles to his credit.

Former DC Whistleblower Principal, Adell Cothorne, on the Atlanta Cheating Verdict

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 04.07.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

It may have happened in April Fools Day, but it was certainly no joke. On April 1, 2015, 11 Atlanta educators were convicted of racketeering related to their roles in what has come to be widely known as "the Atlanta cheating scandal."

Join the Obamas and "Opt-Out" of High-Stakes Testing

Alan Singer | Posted 04.06.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Sasha and Malia Obama attend the prestigious Sidwell Friends School in Washington DC where tuition is about $35,000 a year and students do not take high-stakes Common Core aligned tests. Michelle and Barack chose this school because it offers children an enriched curriculum, not constant test prep.

Cheating All Around

Susan D. Blum | Posted 04.02.2015 | Education
Susan D. Blum

If this system of widespread and coordinated cheating has a positive outcome, it is to cast a bright light on the desperation of people trying to survive a system that punishes rather than supports struggling.

Hey, Hey, Cuomo, Your Education Plan Has Got to Go

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 03.17.2015 | Education
Ian Reifowitz

What is Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan? He offers increased funding, but only if his reforms on teacher evaluation and so-called merit pay are also adopted. But the reality is that using students' results on standardized tests to measure the effectiveness of teachers -- also known as Value Added Assessment (VAM) -- is simply not supported by research on the matter.

It's Just the Start of the Winter/Spring Testing Season, and Already...

John Thompson | Posted 03.13.2015 | Education
John Thompson

Since the beginning of bubble-in mania, also known as corporate reform, learning has typically stagnated during the winter test-prep season and halted for the school year with the April testing season. With Common Core, however, children have already taken their seats in front of computer screens and started their seemingly endless high-stakes assessments.

Understanding Test Anxiety and What We Can Do to Help Children

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 03.10.2015 | Education
Rebecca Jackson

A staggering 16-20% of students have high test anxiety, making it the most frequent academic impairment in our schools today Another 18% are troubled by moderately-high test anxiety. These students actually draw a "blank" or "freeze-up" during tests.

U.S. Dept. of Ed Wanted Much More Testing From PARCC and Smarter Balanced

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 03.04.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

That said, I have also looked at the background on the CCSS and federal funding for PARCC and SBAC tests. USDE had a test-funding plan for the CCSS in April 2010, before the CCSS were published in June. By September 2010, grants were awarded to the PARCC and SBAC groups to begin test development at roughly $300 million total.

Opting Out of PARCC Testing for Children With Special Needs

Laurie Levy | Posted 03.03.2015 | Education
Laurie Levy

As usual, it is those who need the most help who are crushed under the heel of the educational-industrial complex.

Demand More of The Core

Tom Caramanno | Posted 02.27.2015 | Education
Tom Caramanno

As someone who works in the field of education, I witness daily the impact of the Common Core on children. Many students are indeed struggling to adapt to the standards and there are inherent flaws to them.

Anya Kamenetz's 'The Test' Points the Way to the Future

John Thompson | Posted 04.27.2015 | Education
John Thompson

With the rise of the Millennials, who best know the harsh truth about high-stakes testing, and the "creepy" implications of data-driven stigmatization and tracking of children, the days of test-driven reform should be numbered.

Yong Zhao Explains America's 'Faustian Bargain'

John Thompson | Posted 04.21.2015 | Education
John Thompson

I can understand why some Americans have flirted with high-stakes testing. The authoritarianism of a single, test-driven ladder to economic success has an enduring power. But I don't understand reformers who gamble that they can grab the benefits of a single, controlled path to improving education outputs without losing our creativity, individuality, diversity, and innovative talents.

The High Stakes of Life and Death

Michael Beyer | Posted 04.20.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

I became an educator because I believe in the power of schools to change people's lives and to ensure a more equitable society for all. Yet high stakes tests have only furthered the inequity by punishing schools and communities that are already struggling.

By Any Dreams Necessary, Malcolm X and the Problem of High Stakes Testing

Yohuru Williams | Posted 04.12.2015 | Black Voices
Yohuru Williams

Malcolm X faced the kind of racial determinism that many students of color have become accustomed to today. Proponents of high stakes testing resurrect such determinism, presumably without the racial overtones, by reducing students, their hopes and dreams for the future, to test scores.

Learning From Failure

John Thompson | Posted 04.11.2015 | Education
John Thompson

Most innovations fail. And like NPR Planet Money's Adam Davidson explains, "life span of innovations has never shorter, meaning that failure happens more quickly." So it is not too soon to start to contemplate of the obituaries of the contemporary school reform movement.

Pearson and Testing Buddies Try to Shut the Barn Door (But the Info Is Already Out)

Alan Singer | Posted 04.11.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Educational decisions should not be about what is best for students, what is most important to know, or what promotes active citizenship in democratic societies. Decisions are made based on what is easiest to test, digitize, and outsource.

Let's Rank Everybody

Alan Singer | Posted 04.04.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Politicians like Andrew Cuomo and Arne Duncan are very excited about using data collection for teachers and Schools of Education. Here are my recommendations for ranking other professions and people as well.

Duncan's Scapegoat Ate His Homework

Michael Beyer | Posted 03.23.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

If the theory of action behind NCLB is that better education will lead to less disparity, the data suggest this theory is dead wrong.

Lessons from Chile: Annual Testing in Schools

Gary Anderson | Posted 03.16.2015 | Education
Gary Anderson

While research evidence does not support current pro-choice and high stakes accountability reforms, their ideological appeal seems widespread. Perhaps we can learn from a country in which these neoliberal policies were imposed before they became prominent in the U.S.

Andrew Cuomo Has the "Chutzpah" to Blame Teachers and a Veteran Teacher Responds

Alan Singer | Posted 03.14.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Cuomo has "chutzpah," especially when it comes to public education. Two weeks ago, he vetoed himself, refusing to sign a bill he had previously endorsed, because he decided it should be easier to fire teachers.