This just in: No standardized tests in Alaska this school year

From the Washington post: Alaska cancels all K-12 standardized tests for the year, citing technical problems Alaska officials have canceled the state’s computer-based standardized testing for the year, citing repeated technical problems that were interrupting students’ exams, throwing schools into chaos … Continue reading This just in: No standardized tests in Alaska this school year

An alternative to high stakes testing works. New York schools have proven it.

71 percent of English language learners in New York Performance Standards Consortium schools graduated on time in 2015, versus 37 percent across New York City, where all but two of the consortium schools are located. This is a model that teachers at Garfield … Continue reading An alternative to high stakes testing works. New York schools have proven it.

A letter to give your principal at the beginning of the school year on testing

…or any time during the school year. From the Parents Across America website: Model Parent Letter on Testing A PAA-Roanoke Valley leader Laura Bowman shared this excellent model letter prepared by her PAA chapter for parents to bring to school … Continue reading A letter to give your principal at the beginning of the school year on testing

A video: Wayne Au, PhD on High Stakes Testing, Unequal by Design

Dr. Wayne Au presenting his keynote for the Freedom To Learn event in Newcastle, UK. About Wayne Au, Associate Professor at the University of Washington, Bothell: Academic Interests Dr. Au’s academic interests broadly encompass critical education theory and teaching for … Continue reading A video: Wayne Au, PhD on High Stakes Testing, Unequal by Design

A Kindergartner’s Nightmare

Is this education? Is this what we want for our children and grandchildren? Teachers have called the testing regime child abuse and here you get to read about it firsthand. A teacher’s recount of the first day of Common Core Testing as posted on the Badass Teachers (BATS) Facebook page: “I’m aiming for the short version here. My kindergartners had their standardized computerized test today. There were over 100 questions. Answers were selected by drop and drag with a trackpad, no mouse is available. One class took five hours to finish. Kids crying in 4 of 5 classes. Multiple computer crashes (“okay, … Continue reading A Kindergartner’s Nightmare

Seattle Education Meetup: An Opt Out Workshop with Jesse Hagopian

Unsure what the Common Core Standards are? Want to know more about the term “high stakes testing”? Have you heard about parents, students and teachers opting out of standardized testing and the Common Core Standards around the country? Do you know why so many are opting out? If you have these questions or others pertaining to the testing regime that has gripped our school system or why and how the Common Core Standards are being rolled out in Seattle, join us for an evening of discussion with Jesse Hagopian and me, Dora Taylor, on standardized testing, Common Core Standards and … Continue reading Seattle Education Meetup: An Opt Out Workshop with Jesse Hagopian

Seattle pushes back on Common Core Standards and high-stakes testing

The Battle for Seattle continues. Please submit this resolution, modified for your district, for adoption at the March 9th Democratic district caucuses, specifically the legislative district chair. The deadline for submissions is this Wednesday. The more districts that pass a resolution against Common Core Standards, the more likely it will pass at the county and, ultimately, the state levels. RESOLUTION CONCERNING RACE TO THE TOP AND COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS EDUCATION “REFORMS” WHEREAS the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a set of academic standards, promoted and supported by two private membership organizations, the National Governors’ Association (NGA) and the Council of … Continue reading Seattle pushes back on Common Core Standards and high-stakes testing

The Opt Out Update: Portland students plan to walk out of test, Tennessee lawmakers want to starve children for not doing well on tests, really, student data collection “unnecessary and Orwellian” and the push back gains momentum

When will the corporate ed reform madness end? Melissa Harris Perry Slams Lawmakers Who Want to Tie Welfare Benefits to Student Grades Parents who receive TANF benefits would see their payments reduced by 30 percent if their children perform poorly in school. Tennessee lawmakers have proposed an absurd bill that would punish parents who receive welfare benefits if their children perform poorly in school. Republican State Sen. Stacey Campfield and Republican State Rep. Vance Dennis introduced legislation in late March that would reduce payments to parents who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families by 30 percent if their children do … Continue reading The Opt Out Update: Portland students plan to walk out of test, Tennessee lawmakers want to starve children for not doing well on tests, really, student data collection “unnecessary and Orwellian” and the push back gains momentum