I definitely didn’t notice when I first participated in anti-standardized testing activism. It wasn’t until I got back into the classroom, teaching in a low-income community of color, that I wondered if the opting out message would resonate. In the most beleaguered public schools, the anti-test message didn’t seem to gain any traction. A new […]
Like this one. Who approves things like this, and what teacher worth her or his salt would draft something like this? Of all that I’ve seen, this is certainly not the worst, but it’s certainly up there. I’m not angry as much as I’m embarrassed.
Education that values metrics over meaning is toxic. I’m being cute with “metrics over meaning.” What am I getting at here? Success as a student and a teacher is reduced annually to numbers. Each school year, as new metrics are invented and policies are aligned to value numbers, the power and control of quantitative values […]
This year’s testing season is drawing to a close. Folks on all sides will once again count their spoils and lick their wounds, prepping for minor flare-ups when test results are finally released, and for future battles to come. I have this feeling that while parents, teachers, and other activists squabble over testing, the system […]
I look at stories like this, and I wonder if this is the natural evolution of the test opt-out movement? I take it that anti-test activist groups tout themselves as very pro-public schools, painting them as venerable democratic institutions that endeavor to promote wholesome, American values and with the potential to restore justice. But can […]