Thursday, January 5, 2017

Mastery exam task force report due soon — its findings ‘predetermined’ by John Bestor - Wait What?

Mastery exam task force report due soon — its findings ‘predetermined’ by John Bestor - Wait What?:

Mastery exam task force report due soon — its findings ‘predetermined’ by John Bestor

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John Bestor, an educator and education advocate, recently wrote a piece for the CT Mirror educating readers about the farce called the Mastery Exam Tax Force.  The following is his commentary piece which you can read and comment on at: http://ctviewpoints.org/2017/01/04/mastery-exam-task-force-report-due-soon-its-findings-predetermined/
Mastery exam task force report due soon — its findings ‘predetermined’
In a few days the Mastery Examination Task Force will be submitting its Final Report and Recommendations to the Connecticut Legislature’s Education Committee which had asked for a study of student assessment practices in our public schools. Having monitored the progress of this task force during its one-and-a-half years of meetings, I contend that their findings were predetermined at or even before the task force began its deliberations.
My reasons for this presumption lie in 1) the composition of committee membership serving on the task force, 2) the choice of topics discussed, and 3) the available evidence that was purposefully withheld from task force consideration.
Just why is the final report and recommendations of the mastery examination task force so important?
For starters, it is a perfect example of much of what is wrong in government today and certainly in how education policy is developed in our state. As the 2015 legislative session drew to a close, the Education Committee of the legislature passed 
Mastery exam task force report due soon — its findings ‘predetermined’ by John Bestor - Wait What?:


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