Standardized Testing

Standardized Stupidity: National Tests Are About School Accountability, Not Teaching Kids

Standardized Stupidity: National Tests Are About School Accountability, Not Teaching Kids
Why is it so important for every one of the nation's students in Grades 3 through 8 — and a whole host of high school students taking the new end-of-course assessments — to devote an enormous amount of their instructional time to taking standardized tests? Why should their teachers rewrite their curricula to align with these tests? Why should taxpayers spend a boatload of money on these tests, rather than put the funds into our children's classrooms?
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Per Student Spending in Oklahoma Has Dropped 23.6% Since 2008

Per Student Spending in Oklahoma Has Dropped 23.6% Since 2008
A new study shows that Oklahoma continues to have a major education funding crisis and no amount of denial by Gov. Mary Fallin's office is going to make it go away. In its study, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows that per student spending has dropped in Oklahoma by 23.6 percent since 2008. This means, adjusting for inflation, the state spends $857 less per student each year. The decline is the steepest in the nation.
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CT Gov Misleads Parents About Opting Their Children Out of Common Core Tests

CT Gov Misleads Parents About Opting Their Children Out of Common Core Tests
Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy has a spotty history — and lots of advisers with industry ties — when it comes to the state's implementation of federal Common Core education initiative. His latest "mistruths" revolve around a parent's right to opt their children out of the standardized testing, as well as who's responsible for this in the first place.
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Corporate Interests Change Lexicon for School Privatization into 'Education Reform'

Corporate Interests Change Lexicon for School Privatization into 'Education Reform'
A new book by former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch sheds light on the growing fight by corporate interests to redo education laws and standards, in part to limit the power of teachers unions, in part to apply standardized testing (they sell) to sort America's children into data points on a normal curve used to sort the future workforce.
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Hundreds of Chicago Students Walk Out of Standardized Test

Hundreds of Chicago Students Walk Out of Standardized Test
Hundreds of Chicago students are taking up the mantle in the fight against the role of standardized tests in public school closures as they walked out of state exam Wednesday. Their message: "We are over-tested, under-resourced and fed up!"
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