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Fair Test compilation of news about resistance to high-stakes testing brings regular view of the massive resistance to high-stakes testing... One example — the recent Washington Post blog endorsing various forms of resistance

Less than one year after they helped organize the SOS conference, rally, and march in Washington, D.C., the leaders of Fair Test (the National Center for Fair and Open Testing) has begun a service, providing its regular readers a regular update of news articles on resistance to high-stakes testing from across the USA. One sample from mid-June included the following from Washington Post education blogger Valeria Strauss:

10 ways to oppose high-stakes standardized tests By Valerie Strauss

I’ve written several times in recent months about a growing movement by parents, teachers, principals, superintendents, students and others to protest the use of standardized tests for high-stakes purposes.

Here’s a list of 10 things that people can do to counter the damaging effects of high-stakes standardized testing. It was written by Ruth Silverberg, an associate professor in the Education Department of the College of Staten Island CUNY.

The list of 10:

1. Don’t brag if you or your children got high scores on any high stakes tests, including the SAT or ACT. This can help dispel the faulty idea that standardized tests are a valid measure of learning.

2. Ask for evidence that learning is occurring in your neighborhood school such as student work products, presentations, community service. Don’t use the “School Report Card” to assess learning in the school.

3. If you have a student in your home or extended family, reinforce the student’s collaboration with peers on schoolwork, and share this with his/her teacher. This will help dispel the idea that competition fosters learning better than collaboration. .

4. If you are a teacher, share with families and community your collaboration with colleagues that led to your great teaching.

5. If you are a parent or a teacher, take note of all of the people and forces affecting the student’s life, including other teachers, social workers, doctors, etc. This will help dispel the idea that a child’s success depends on one teacher.

6. If you have a student in your home or extended family, provide and access every support available to help him/her be successful in REAL ways, not test performance.

7. If you know a student, support him or her with a friendly smile, an offer of help, a job for her or her family.

8. Contact and support an organization that opposes high-stakes testing, including FairTest, United Opt Out, Change the Stakes, and Grassroots Education Movement. This will help dispel the idea that you are alone in your opposition to high stakes testing.

9. If you are a parent or guardian of a student, ask your school administration about the possible consequences for “opting out” of the standardized tests. This will help dispel the idea that you don’t have the right to make decisions about your student.

10. Just say ‘no.’ Write/call your legislators, New York State Education Department, U.S. Department of Education.

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By Valerie Strauss | 05:51 PM ET, 06/14/2012



Comments:

June 21, 2012 at 3:22 PM

By: Monty Neill

Fair Test's resistance news clips

Thanks for informing your readers of our 'news service'. We used to send lots of clips to various listservs, but decided consolidating and sending most significant 1-2 times a week would be easier on our readers. The most recent 3 sets are now on the FairTest website at http://www.fairtest.org/news/other.

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