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April 17, 2014

Colorado Coalition Says PARCC Testing is Not Teaching

PARCC is a new, unproven, unfunded, state and federally mandated test to be taken on computers, MULTIPLE TIMES per year. Since the inception of NCLB, we have been adding to the pile of standardized tests that our students must hurdle.

April 02, 2014

TestingTalk.org Launches National Discussion About Common Core Tests

TestingTalk.org was opened for public comments on March 30, and is actively soliciting input from parents, teachers and students regarding their experiences with the new tests.

March 30, 2014

John Thompson: Legal Woes Growing for VAM-Based Teacher Evaluations

Since teachers must basically prove that value-added terminations are based on an irrational use of the model, it is no surprise that the first suits include cases where teachers are held accountable for the test score growth of students who they did not have in class.

March 23, 2014

Michelle Gunderson: Chicago School Officials Question Children Who Opt Out: Intimidation?

Chicago Public School officials sank to a new and unprecedented low this week. Children whose parents opted them out of testing were pulled from classrooms and questioned by officials from the district law office without parents' knowledge or consent.

March 11, 2014

Chicago Teacher Explains the Infamous Viral PD Video She Shot

Some have defended the video, saying that it may be out of context. I want to clarify that context. The presenter's script is meant to be repeated (and repeated) verbatim.

March 10, 2014

The Common Core Equity Swindle

The farther into this experiment we get, the more devastating this latest sorting mechanism appears to be. Every time you stamp "college ready" on a student who has cleared the bar, the students that did not make it past that hurdle are stamped "unworthy."

March 09, 2014

Chicago Children Who Opt Out Face Pressure

"We hear of administrators who are telling families they are breaking the law, which is a lie. Think about this, they are intimidating people who are undocumented or in difficulty."

March 07, 2014

Historic Network for Public Education Conference Issues Call for Congressional Hearings into Test Abuse

The major news to come out of the event was the Call for Congressional Hearings announced on Sunday afternoon. Diane Ravitch and I held an impromptu press conference where we made an urgent request for Congress to investigate the overuse of standardized tests.

February 28, 2014

Chicago Test Boycott - Second School Joins In

Educators and parents in Chicago joined forces this week to boycott the ISAT at two schools, Maria Saucedo Elementary School and Drummond Montessori. There are also over 1,000 parents at 37 other Chicago schools who requested to opt their child out of ISAT.

February 24, 2014

John Thompson: Fear, Teen Stress and High Stakes Tests

It is not just in urban schools where reformers have tried to combat the stress of poverty by dumping the stress of high-stakes testing on teens. It is not just in the inner city that the values necessary for living a happy, healthy, and rewarding life have been subordinated to a competition

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