FEBRUARY IS AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH: CHARLOTTA BASS AND THELMA DALE PERKINS - *CHARLOTTA BASS AND THELMA DALE PERKINS* Thelma Dale Perkins Continuing my favorite month (my birthday month) I want to share a bit about the live...
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Sir: The exchange between Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott and myself dealt with the heavy burden state mandated testing has on effective teaching and learning in Texas classrooms.
Because of the vigorous punitive measures taken against districts, schools and teachers when scores are below minimum expectations, most districts have created a test based local curriculum. In many school districts, mandated common assessments directly linked to the state exam are required to be given every two weeks. In a school with 1,500 students and four core subject areas, that multiplies out to 108,000 tests.
Add to that the state required standardized tests, district benchmark tests, district mid and end of year testing, test warranted by the teacher's actual lessons and a battery of test dealing with our immigrant population, you will get a picture of how education has devolved into a mire of testing,