“My son had great test scores, so I’m not really worried,” said many mommies and daddies of varying races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, geographic locations, etc.
What’s wrong with that?
During the Dark Ages throughout Europe doctoral candidates were expected to rationally discuss and defend the answer to, “How many angels could fit on the head of a pin?” This went on for hundreds of years in institutions of higher learning.
The Race to the Top created by Arne Duncan financially rewards schools and districts who score well using CCSS. The Common Core State Standards and all of the various brands of testing, texts and programs attached to CCSS are equally as questionable as the quality of the test question about angels and pins. True tests must possess validity (Do they test what they are supposed to test?) and reliability (Are the results reproducible in their various forms?) to be of any value. Pearson and all the other corporate high stakes test brands have proven neither.
“What was educationally significant and hard to measure has been replaced by what is educationally insignificant and easy to measure. So, now we measure how well we taught what isn’t worth learning.”
– Arthur Costa, Emeritus Professor at California State University
What does that make the children of today who are subjected to this barrage of testing? Guinea pigs.
Many people object to extensive animal testing.
ALL mommies and daddies should object to and refuse this extensive and abusive child testing.
May God help your successful sons and daughters whose success is based on the high stakes test scores in 2014.
They need the same teaching environments and methods used by the teachers and schools attended by the children of Arne Duncan, Michelle Rhee, Bill & Melinda Gates, Rupert Murdoch, Jeb Bush, etc. etc. Individual attention, mall classes, etc. There is no way that those people would allow their children to be the guinea pigs of the Corporate Education Industrial Complex.
For all of you detail oriented parents and teachers, here are some explanatory links for you.
Major errors behind CCSS by Anthony Cody: HERE.
The Common Core background story by Mercedes Schneider: HERE.
Graphs galore proving that Michelle Rhee and her Students First claims are bogus – by Bruce D. Baker: HERE.
Inside the multimillion dollar essay scoring business by Jessica Lussenhop: HERE .
The teacher who reports child abuse via mandatory testing and demands the superintendent be dismissed and investigated. Watch Beth Dimino: HERE.
How to legally refuse high stakes testing in your state at United Opt-Out: HERE.