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High Stakes Testing

New York Regents Challenge Governor's Educational Deform Agenda

Alan Singer | Posted 11.30.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

I do not make the accusation of racism lightly. But to implement policies that you know will have disparate impact is racist. To change admission standards knowing that they will limit the pool of qualified Black and Latino candidates without providing evidence that the new standards will improve teaching is racist.

New York State's Bogus Common Core Survey

Alan Singer | Posted 11.18.2015 | New York
Alan Singer

Nowhere can you vote that Common Core Standards aligned with high-stakes testing have undermined education in New York State, stressed out students and teachers, turned curriculum development over to test design companies, and transformed schools into test prep academies.

Battle in Illinois Over the 'McDonaldization' of Teacher Education

Alan Singer | Posted 11.09.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Just to make sure our children are processed like hamburgers, Pearson is busy using the same "process" to evaluate prospective teachers using a test called the edTPA, or Teacher Performance Assessment.

Losing Ground, But Not Because of Language

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 11.01.2015 | Education
Josmar Trujillo

There are terrible charters, to be sure, but there are also those that are winning people over. So I wasn't surprised that there was a strong show of force of families marching under the charter banner.

I Expect the Highest Scores

Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn | Posted 10.27.2015 | Education
Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn

A multiple choice test doesn't speak to overall emotional intelligence, or how conscientious he is as a student. It won't measure motivation or empathy for others, nor will it tell you if a student is typically open to new ideas or one who bounces back quickly from disappointment.

Multiple Choice/Answers

Claire Wapole | Posted 10.23.2015 | Chicago
Claire Wapole

My third grade daughter is very bright, creative, perceptive and yet tanks multiple-choice tests. Judging by her test scores, it looks as though she i...

The Global Search for Education: What's Best For Your Child?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 10.19.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

The majority of us want a happy, healthy and productive life for our children. However according to Vicki Abeles (Director, Race to Nowhere) and author of Beyond Measure, our competitive education system is actually making our children sick and miserable.

OMG Barack, How Could You Pick John King?

Alan Singer | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
Alan Singer

Arne Duncan is leaving as Barack Obama's Secretary of Education. Unbelievably, President Obama found someone just as bad to replace him, Deputy Secretary of Education John King who in his previous job was New York State Education Commissioner.

The Global Search for Education: Teaching in a Global World

C. M. Rubin | Posted 09.19.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Randi Weingarten is the President of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). I talk to Randi about what we can learn from successful education models abroad, the increasing importance of teachers having robust global and cultural competence, and how the US can do a better job supporting its teachers.

California's Smarter Balanced Results Capture Poverty

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 09.14.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

On September 09, 2015, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson released California's Smarter Balanced results, which comprise the largest component of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CASPP).

Charters Go 'Sleepless in Seattle' While Teachers Strike

Alan Singer | Posted 09.10.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Meanwhile, Seattle teachers voted to strike and schools were closed on Wednesday, the nominal first full day of school. While pay is a major issue, the teachers are also demanding reduced high-stakes testing and teacher input in the selection of assessment material.

Another Big Win for Opt-Out

Alan Singer | Posted 08.23.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

After months of threatening that high student opt-out rates on high-stakes Common Core-aligned standardized tests would cause school districts to lose federal and state aid, the threats have evaporated.

Big Win for Opt-Out

Alan Singer | Posted 08.16.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

In 2015 it moved from the political margins and emerged as a full-scale social movement committed to the idea that education should be about children, not testing. States have not yet abandoned Common Core and Race to the Top mandated high-stakes testing, but as the Opt-Out movement continues to grow and its pace of growth continues to accelerate, I believe they will.

High-Stakes Assessment the Right Way!

Kathy Nimmer | Posted 07.24.2015 | Education
Kathy Nimmer

Nacho and I will graduate, and we did not even take a standardized test, but boy-oh-boy do I know what he knows and is able to do.

The 5 Teachers You Meet in Heaven: What It Really Takes to Save Our Schools

Yohuru Williams | Posted 07.15.2015 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Teachers, of course, can lead the way, not toward some false utopia embodied in the privatizing, anti-union, agenda of the testing moguls but in education's humanistic roots -- providing young people with multiple pathways to success.

Pearson Takes Big Hit in Continuing War Over Common Core

Alan Singer | Posted 07.14.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Last week Pearson lost its 40 to 50 million dollar contract to provide 3rd through 8th grade Common Core aligned high-stakes tests in New York State.

Treating Kids Like Hamburgers, Pearson Exec 'Fesses' Up

Alan Singer | Posted 06.25.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

You can't make this stuff up. On June 23, 2015 the New York Times reported on Pearson mass Common Core grading centers where a college degree but no special knowledge is required to grade tests and temporary employees make between $12 and $14 an hour plus small bonuses if they "hit daily quality and volume targets."

A Celebration of Civil Disobedience

Vicki Cobb | Posted 06.10.2015 | Education
Vicki Cobb

This year the awards went to the leaders of the "opt out" movement in the metropolitan New York City area where parents are taking a stand by opting out of having their children take the high stakes tests.

The Fallacy Behind High-Stakes Testing

Alan Singer | Posted 06.01.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Whether you call it Valued-Added (VAM), Accountability, or Assessment, testing is not about learning. It is about sorting kids out, punishing teachers, schools, and communities, and denying deeper social inequality and injustice.

Why Kids May Actually Need More Testing, Not Less

Michael Lombardo | Posted 05.17.2015 | Education
Michael Lombardo

The education world has been buzzing after a segment on John Oliver's Last Week Tonight (warning - adult language) that viciously lampooned standardized testing. It's a funny piece about a serious issue that has polarized parents and lawmakers across the country. Are we testing kids too much?

How Testing Is Driving More Oklahoma Teachers, and Other Educators Across the Nation, Out of the Classroom

John Thompson | Posted 05.13.2015 | Education
John Thompson

No Child Left Behind was awful, but it imposed high-stakes testing on only about one fifth of teachers. The worst harm was inflicted as Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan's Race to the Top and No Child Left Behind waivers extended bubble-in accountability to every educator.

12 Civil Rights Groups Oppose Opting Out. It Could Have Been 28.

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 05.11.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

28 civil rights groups wishing for greater federal enforcement must now reckon with both lesser enforcement and federal acknowledgement that the anti-testing movement is gaining strength.

"Funky Monkey" and Pearson Fail the Test

Alan Singer | Posted 05.07.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

John Oliver nailed Pearson on his HBO Last Week Tonight show on Standardized Testing. If you have not seen it yet, clink the link and watch it. I laughed a lot but can't really say I enjoyed the show; it was too disturbing. It won't be funny until companies like Pearson are brought down.

Managing Test Anxiety in Today's High Stakes Testing Era

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

School worry and test worry are common. There has become an increased focus on grades, GPAs, and a fear-based mentality that kids will not get into a good college unless they have a 4.6 GPA. Sadly, this fearful mentality has trickled down all the way to elementary school today! What is going on? And what should parents do?

Should We Hold Arne Duncan and Every Other Reformer Accountable for Every Child They Hurt?

John Thompson | Posted 06.30.2015 | Education
John Thompson

If reformers want to hold us accountable for each child, wouldn't we have to hold them accountable for every child damaged by their policies? Wouldn't we end up in an even greater education civil war? Or maybe we should...