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Jesse Hagopian on the Obama Administration's Change of View on Testing

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Serious discussion of Obama's  stunning announcement that 'unnecessary testing' is 'consuming too much instructional time' and creating 'undue stress for educators and students.'Obama’s statement comes in the wake of yet another study revealing the overwhelming number of standardized tests children are forced to take. The  NCLB’s test-and-punish policy, did, however, make four corporations rich by assigning their tests as the law of the land.  Desperate school districts, ravaged by the Great Recession, eagerly sought Race to the Top points by promulgating more and more tests..fire teachers and deny students promotion or graduation.  Honesty would require acknowledgement that standardized test scores primarily demonstrate a student’s family income level, not how well a teacher has coached how to fill in bubbles

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