Sunday, October 25, 2015

Suspicions Confirmed: Testing Action Plan is Trojan Horse | Save Maine Schools

Suspicions Confirmed: Testing Action Plan is Trojan Horse | Save Maine Schools:

Suspicions Confirmed: Testing Action Plan is Trojan Horse






Four years ago, Tom Vander Ark (former executive at the Gates Foundation, current partner at Learn Capital) wrote in an email exchangewith members of the Foundation for Excellence in Education and the Council for Chief State School Officers:
 “New tests will hinder rather than help competency-based models…In short, I don’t want one big cheap end of year test used for more than it should be…I don’t want it to lock in the teacher-centric age cohort model for another decade. I don’t want simple assessments…I want a system that will incorporate all the performance feedback that students will be receiving a few years from now.”
Mr. Vander Ark, who is also a board member of a group called Global Education Futures, which recently put out this document that calls for turning “live education” into a “premium service” and advocates for the development of “competence profile(s)…that would record current state and development of individual’s knowledge & skills across different domains of professional & social life, and would accompany individuals throughout their life,” appears to have had a hand in the “Testing Action Plan” that was released by the White House this weekend.
According to the White House document, “A set-aside of $25 million would support competitive projects to help states develop innovative, new assessment models and address pressing needs they have identified for developing and implementing their assessments. This could includecompetency-based assessment.
“The Administration will invite states that wish to request waivers of federal rules that stand in the way of innovative approaches to testing to work with the Department to promote high-quality, comparable, statewide measures. For Suspicions Confirmed: Testing Action Plan is Trojan Horse | Save Maine Schools:

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