Apr 28 2015

More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing – PART 1

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GUEST: Jesse Hagopian is the editor of ‘More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing’.

Two years ago, teachers at Garfield High School in Seattle, tired of seeing their students have precious teaching time stolen from them because of the hours of required standardized testing, decided they would revolt. They began refusing to administer the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test. The revolt spread to a number of other schools and eventually the teachers were told the test would not be a requirement of graduation. Thus began a new stage of organizing among teachers and students against the regime of high-stakes testing.

Standardized tests have become a symptom of just of how broken our public education system is. More specifically, they are the result of what happens when billionaires and politicians apply their warped understanding of what education is to a system that impacts millions of lives.

Between President Bush’s No Child Left Behind Law and President Obama’s Race to the Top Initiative, students’ test scores are being used to determine federal funding for schools and teacher tenures and pay. But students are more than a score, say a growing number of people.

To learn more, visit iamaneducator.com.

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