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No, You Cannot Test My Child

on February 25, 2016

This gets right to the heart of the problem. Thank you, Daniel Katz.
A rational system that will help schools, teachers, students, and the communities, and will commit the resources to do so.
My, what a radical proposal!
Yes, that’s a bit of sarcasm, but you cannot “fix” schools without looking at the society, the community, the parents, their kids, the environment of the schools, including the support services available there, the resources, the infrastructure of the building, and the help that the teachers are getting to deal with all of this, as well.
The constant testing regimen is not going to help anything except the testing companies, the privatization and charterization movement, and the companies who are selling the curricula and the hardware and software that is seen as “the answer.”

Daniel Katz, Ph.D.

Dear Local Education Authority (LEA), State Education Authority (SEA), and Federal Education Bureaucrat (FEB?),

We are rapidly approaching the annual state mandated testing ritual in public school, and it has become evident that all of you are a little nervous about that.  I know this because you keep sending letters to each other about how important it is that every LEA test 95% of all children in every school and that every SEA make certain that LEAs know just how important this is.  Last Fall, FEB Ann Whalen sent a dozen SEAs letters explaining to them just how important it is that they meet their testing requirements and suggesting a range of measures, both persuasive and punitive, if LEAs did not make their testing goals.  This was followed by another letter to all states essentially reiterating the point. SEAs have been busy trying to impress upon their LEAs how seriously…

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