Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Parents and students are getting angry and getting the attention of state school officials. 

Texas moms halt testing.  
“We were not going to sit around and see our kids be potentially put at a competitive disadvantage,” said Dineen Majcher, whose daughter is in the first class affected by the new testing.
Chicago Students walk out of standardized tests
Hundreds of Chicago students are taking up the mantle in the fight against the role of standardized tests in public school closures as they walked out of a state exam Wednesday. Their message: "We are over-tested, under-resourced and fed up!"
The Washington Post reports that there is turmoil swirling with Common Core
The Common Core is in trouble,” said Randi Weingarten, the union president who is slated to speak Tuesday in New York about the issue. “There is a serious backlash in lots of different ways, on the right and on the left.”

Common Core and high-stakes testing cannot stand up to scrutiny so proponents typically resort to character assassination to deflect attention away from bad policy.  But there is power when parents and students on the left an right band together and say,  "Enough!"
“You tend to think you’re just an island on an issue until you meet up with another island and before you know it, you’re a continent,” said Susan Kellner, a former school board president in Spring Branch near Houston who has become a leader of the parent group.

1 comment:

Anna Rounseville said...

Wow, I had very little knowledge of how this has all been brewing. My eldest is in college and we would get her the C.A.T.'s to take care of the NY state testing requirement while she homeschooled. My younger two are currently enrolled in our local P.S. so they both had to deal with State Standardized testing that overruled their IEP instructions, its nuts the amount of stress put on kids that are already dealing with learning difficulties. Thanks for posting.