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Testing: A Modest Proposal; by former Asst. Sect'y of Education Diane Ravitch

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"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."

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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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