Special episode of At the Chalk Face tonight, 9PM EST/6PM PST

We’ve invited a great guest, which is why the special day and time: Alexia Garcia, student organizer of a Portland boycott of the OAKS test. Probably the best test acronym by far. There’s some information here I’ll quote from Education Week, which is in turn from OregonLive:

Alexia Garcia, a Lincoln High School senior, said the tests take away valuable class time and are ultimately unfair measures for both students and teachers. She hoped the boycott could help lower school ratings, which are affected by the number of students tested, to send a message.

The community doesn’t need tests to say schools are in need of improvement, she said. “The system is what really is in need of improvement,” said Garcia, who is also a student representative on the Portland School Board.

Can’t wait to talk to her. Here’s the show link.