Weekly LegFax: Too much testing!

Parent Voices Weekly Education Fax

March 13, 2013

 Replace massive standardized testing with meaningful assessment

 The story: Parents and students across the U.S. are opting out of standardized tests

A Texas mother and her son share outdoor learning while his schoolmates are indoors taking the state test (http://tinyurl.com/axwmhgq). Teachers and students in Seattle boycotted the state high school test (http://tinyurl.com/a4zmrqs). Chicago parents are passing petitions to stop the explosion of tests (http://tinyurl.com/a7pwkx9). Oregon parents are standing behind their high school students’ test boycott (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hu447OLLHk). This week, students at one Chicago high school refused to take a national standardized test to protest the emphasis on test scores over student safety (http://tinyurl.com/bbqkqpg).

PAA’s position: PAA believes that excessive reliance on standardized exams narrows the curriculum, promotes teaching to the test and leads to unfair and unreliable evaluations of students, teachers, and schools. We support high-quality accountability measures and reliable assessments including true multiple measures.

PAA recommends:

  •  Use of multiple factors in the evaluation of schools, teachers and students. This should include a variety of evidence of learning gathered at different points in time, within and across subject areas.
  • Any evaluation system must have meaningful input from administrators, teachers and parents.
  • Assessment transparency – require that all standardized tests be made public and available for review in a timely manner after they have been given.
  • Less standardized testing overall. Utilizing tests as diagnostic tools, not as a way to punish students, teachers and schools.
  • Right of parents to opt their child out of any standardized test.

For more detail, please see PAA’s position statement on NCLB, “What Parents Want in a New Federal Education Law,” http://parentsacrossamerica.org/paa-reforming-esea/

Download printable pdf of this legislative fax here.

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