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A Test Pep Rally at a New York Elementary Schoolby Diane Ravitch

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'The children pouring their hearts into the  'test-prep' rally that this video shows, don't know that most are expected to fail. They don't know that more than 90% of children with disabilities and English language learners have failed on previous Common Core tests. They don't know that more than 80% of black and Hispanic students failed on previous tests. They don't know that the deck is stacked against them. The adults in Albany and D.C. Rigged the game against them. This video shows a pep rally to prepare children for 4, 6, even 8 hours of testing. The school is in an urban district, not Néw York City. I wonder if the teachers know that the test was designed to 'fail' the majority of children? '

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)

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