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D.C.'s private school voucher program hurt low-income students' math test scores, according to federal study

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Betsy DeVos, Ed Sec't is Delighted at the bad news about DC student's math achievement?
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D.C.'s private school voucher program hurt low-income students' math test scores, according to federal study; students who used vouchers lost ground in math. Diane Ravitch  who was once Ass't Secy of Education, says at her blog: Watch as school choice advocate s change the goal posts. Test scores don’t matter.
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Here is the study:

So allthe testing didn't do a thing to improve math skills, but they sure made the testing publisher rich.

Evaluation and & assessment is a tool for a classroom teacher to use, to know what each student is doing, and what each still needs to master. Standardized testing was created to show failure of a school, so it could be privitized.

Dr Ravich points out "The US is the only nation requiring standardized tests yearly from grades 3-8. The consequences attached to them stigmatize students, teachers, and schools. Teachers have been fired, &schools have been closed based on these test scores despite growing evidence that 'test-based accountability' is ineffective.There is a lobby that love$ testing -- testing corporations & the Hedge Fund managers organization (Lots of money in test$!). The other is that our policymakers are still inhaling the stale fumes of No Child Left Behind. It is hard to break away from a practice, even a bad one that has become ingrained-- and making money for privateer$ who take over 'failing schools.' Standardized tests should not be used for high school graduation or for firing teachers or closing schools. Yet they are. Obviously, they are misused on a regular basis. So, I have a modest proposal.

Here is the link to the search field at the Ravitch site, where I entered "Standarzized Testing Failure".


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Chris Churchill:For Better Schools, Ditch Standardized Testing
I"t's easy to think of things our kids would be better off doing. Learning reading, writing and arithmetic. Learning Urdu. Learning anything."

"The tests are a time suck for teachers, too. They'll be watching over spiritless and possibly anxious classrooms of test-taking students when they should be, crazy thought here, teaching. We should want our schools alive -- with passion and joy, with laughter and curiosity, with play and learning.

"Even if we swallow that baloney, there's remarkably little evidence that the national rise of high-stakes standardized testing has done anything to improve schools and learning. As far as I can tell, the only beneficiaries are the big bureaucracies that want more control over classrooms and the big corporations that provide the tests.
The tests certainly haven't benefited our kids, who, in many districts, are getting shorter recesses so teachers can spend more time in service to the looming tests. Or who, as many parents can attest, view testing days with anxiety and dread.

"If the tests were just tests, they might be relatively harmless. But they epitomize something bigger: The madness that applies a production mentality to education. Everything can be neatly quantified, yes siree, not to mention automated, regulated and homogenized!

"But children aren't widgets and schools aren't factories. You can't measure the success of a classroom with data points. Standardized testing tells us nothing important about how children experience school.

"As most every parent and teacher knows, learning is about small moments and quiet victories. It's about relationships built on trust and even love. There are things that can be measured. Teaching and caring for children are not among them.

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Click here, to read the real facts about testing.

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Repost the link please...


Dr. Flanagan is the father of testing for NDEA and Project Talent.


Testing never was to improve anything...


It was developed to skim the cream of the crop off the top of the students and re-route the cream into military created STEM education and leave the rest to public schools.


I was one...


For the true history of testing... try this link: PROJECT TALENT

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Click here, for the link

and thanks for the interesting link! I posted it at Diane's Blog.

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