Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Why we need a moratorium on the high stakes of testing

Why we need a moratorium on the high stakes of testing:


Why we need a moratorium on the high stakes of testing

testThe president of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, called late last month for a moratorium on the high stakes attached to new Common Core-aligned standardized tests. (You can read about that here.)  Here’s a piece in support of that call, written by Jeff Bryant, an Associate Fellow at the Campaign for America’s Future and the owner of a marketing and communications consultancy. It serves numerous organizations including Human Rights Watch, Doctors Without Borders, PBS, and International Planned Parenthood Foundation. He writes extensively about public education policy at ourfuture.org. Follow Jeff on Twitter:jeffbcdm
By Jeff Bryant
By now it’s become clear to anyone willing to pay attention that our nation’s obsession over education standards and testing has gotten out of hand.
Ratcheting education standards ever higher at the same time we cut supports that schools and students need to reach those standards never made any sense to begin with. And the value placed on testing isn’t yielding the return promised in terms of 

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