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David Hursh: Obama’s “Testing Action Plan” Changes Nothing

on October 30, 2015

“Testing Action Plan.” Right. How about an actual teaching action plan, a school improvement action plan, an appropriate funding for schools action plan, a community improvement action plan, a help for those in poverty action plan?

Diane Ravitch's blog

This post was written by David Hursh, Professor at the University of Rochester. It ably summarizes the critiques of President Obama’s proposal to reform testing and reduce the burden on students and teachers. It also contains excellent links.

Obama’s Testing Action Plan: A real change or more of the same?

David Hursh (dhursh@warner.rochester.edu)

On October 24, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education released their Testing Action Plan as a response to the increasing concern of parents, teachers, and students that standardized testing is, in their words, “unnecessary,” consumes “too much instructional time” and creates “undue stress for educators and students.” On first reading, Obama and Duncan seem to be saying that they want to decrease both the amount to time spent on testing and the high-stakes nature of tests in evaluating students, teachers, and schools. However, a closer reading suggests that they are only calling for the federal government to…

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