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Stan Karp: The Results are In. There is Too Much Testing.

May 9, 2012

Rethinking Schools Blog

Stan Karp’s site Rethinking Schools is often perused by yours truly.  I am from NJ as many of you know and Mr. Karp was a teacher in my home state for some 3o years.  I always like what he writes and his speeches are even better.

In this article, Mr. Karp highlights some excellent information on the growing anti-testing movement which is truly grass-roots and exciting if it can take hold.  Follow over the picture jump to read what Mr. Karp has compiled.  The illustration is something I found and thought was worth adding.

How a student performs is so much more complex than how they perform on any one test.

Maybe we’re finally reaching the tipping point.

After more than a decade of accelerating damage fueled by NCLB, the standardized testing regime that is the engine of corporate school reform is running into growing opposition from all directions.

Last week Rethinking Schools joined nearly 200 other organizations and thousands of individuals who, in less than a week, signed on to this National Resolution on High Stakes Testing.

This national campaign seeks to build on state and local efforts across the country, including:

These are all signs of growing resistance to the use of highly flawed standardized tests to sort and label students, close schools and fire teachers—purposes for which they were never designed and have no validity. Instead of producing useful information for better instruction, the tests are producing junk data for bad policy. Test scores are being used to move control over schools away from educators and classrooms to political bureaucracies and corporate test-makers. It’s way past time to take them back.

Pencils Down, Rethinking Schools’ new collection about “rethinking high stakes testing and accountability in public schools,” is another useful tool in this growing campaign. Pick one up today and sign on today to the nationwide effort to reclaim our schools for our students and ourselves.

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