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New York Times' Editorial Defends High-Stakes Testing and Common Core, by Diane Ravitch

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The New York Times  laments the poor preparation of high school graduates but enthusiastically supports No Child Left Behind and applauds the continued federal mandate for annual testing. The editorial is a caricature of the criticism of high-stakes standardized testing. 'If students are graduating with empty high school diplomas, it cannot be because there wasn't enough testing. The truth:  'There is a federal testing program called the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) that reports on what U.S. students are learning every other year.Test score gains came to a crashing halt in 2015, as NCLB, Race to the Top and Common Core converged in a frenzy of exactly what the New York Times wants.'

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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 Middle (more...)
 

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