Black Education / Schools : Principal says standardized testing is ‘modern-day slavery’

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  1. Aluku

    Aluku Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I hope you don't mind me making this a separate post, because this is one of the problems.

    I grew up in a system of standardized testing.

    How did it work.

    Every school had to meet a certain level of educational standard that was tested on a national basis every time a student went from junior high to High School and again for high school graduation.

    This system assured that all schools were held to the same standards. This system has been in place for as long as I remember and it works.

    I will admit that it is hard to move to a standardized testing system overnight, but I'm convinced that eventually it is the way to go.

    The problem is that the Teacher's Unions have been successful in framing it as an unnecessary burden on students. What they really oppose is making teachers accountable to ANY standard, to the detriment of the students.

    If anyone objects to standardized testing how do you suppose we measure the students performance nationally AND the teachers' performance?

    If you say it doesn't matter you are wrong because it will be manifested when the student goes to college. He/She may not be able keep up because he was educated at a lower standard! He/She may get discouraged and decide higher ed is not for them.

    P.S. I'm also sick and tired of everyone and their mama equating their problem(s) to slavery.
     
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    Obama administration announces new testing guidelines

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    Washington (CNN)Stressed-out students nationwide, take note. Relief is on the way.

    After years of complaints from teachers, parents and students alike, the Obama administration on Saturday announced new guidelines toward standardized tests, saying kids spend too much time taking "unnecessary" exams in schools.


    In a Facebook video message, President Barack Obama said he hears from parents who worry about "too much testing, and from teachers who feel so much pressure to teach to a test that it takes the joy out of teaching and learning."

    "I want to fix that," he said.

    Read more
    http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/24/politics/barack-obama-teachers-testing/
     
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    Liberty going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    The SAT and the ACT are also standardized tests.

    Standardized testing has not improved student achievement.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/graphic/2010/12/06/GR2010120607984.html
    http://neatoday.org/2010/12/07/pisa2009/
    https://quizlet.com/73612986/research-paper-sources-flash-cards/


    Standardized tests are an unreliable measure of student performance
    http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/a...ions-reliability-single-year-test-score-gains


    Standardized tests measure only a small portion of what makes education meaningful.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blog...ardized-testing/2011/04/14/AFNxTggD_blog.html


    "Teaching to the test" is replacing good teaching practices with "drill n' kill" rote learning.
    http://drdc.uchicago.edu/community/project.php?projectID=79
    http://maintainqualityeducation.blogspot.com/2014_07_01_archive.html


    NCLB tests are drastically narrowing the curriculum.
    http://www.dianeravitch.com/Study_Guide_for_Death_and_Life.pdf
    http://www.knightfoundation.org/pre...rvey-finds-teaching-to-the-test-has-negative/


    Instruction time is being consumed by monotonous test preparation
    http://www.nytimes.com/2002/09/12/u...or-some-students-attacks-lose-their-grip.html


    Standardized tests are not objective
    https://larrycuban.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/koretz_jhr.pdf


    Standardized testing causes severe stress in younger students.
    https://sites.google.com/site/measuringwhatmattersleast/types-of-evidence
    http://susanohanian.org/show_atrocities.php?id=5


    Older students do not take NCLB-mandated standardized tests seriously because they do not affect their grades.
    http://www.abqjournal.com/news/metro/205771metro08-02-04.htm





     
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    IF standardized testing is not going to help teacher and student evaluation, what do you suggest the solution is in light of the following:

    The New Teacher Project (TNTP) documented in its analysis of Chicago’s school district (sadly typical among urban districts when it comes to grading teachers) that 56 percent of principals admit to inflating teacher ratings. The reasons why are striking, and each can be traced back to the union contract:

    Disturbingly, TNTP found that “between 2003 and 2006, only nine teachers [out of the district’s nearly 25,000] received two or more ‘unsatisfactory’ ratings and none was dismissed.”
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    Teachers Unions Oppose Teacher Accountability Standards in Common Core - See more at:
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    One of the nation's top civil rights organizations is fighting efforts by the nation's top teachers unions to prevent any significant accountability measures from being included in a major federal education funding bill.
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    I searched every link for the word "curiosity". It is not in any of them.

    I considered testing to be easy when I was in school. But I used science fiction to make science interesting and fun since I was in 4th grade. Of course that was not my intent when I started reading it but my so called educators only gave me 4 science fiction books to read in 12 years of EDUCATION.

    So we end up with a system that produces students either eager to please teachers or bored out of their skulls and not learning much. So the standardized testing becomes a nose to the grindstone experience instead of fun.

    Omnilingual, by H. Beam Piper
    http://www.gutenberg.org/files/19445/19445-h/19445-h.htm

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    "The problem is that the Teacher's Unions have been successful in framing it as an unnecessary burden on students. What they really oppose is making teachers accountable to ANY standard, to the detriment of the students."

    Absolutely! Billions of dollars have been poured into these so-called education black holes and nothing has changed. Black children are still performing at a substandard level while the union education administrators and their labyrinth of supporters continue to perform the mysterious disappearing Houdini money trick.

    "If anyone objects to standardized testing how do you suppose we measure the students performance nationally AND the teachers' performance?"

    Excellent point! Typical of today's entrenched PC culture. Make no judgments, no standards, no verifiable documentation permitted, no critical questions allowed and if you do ask questions -you're racist (if you are white) or a hater (if you are black)! How else are you going to verify or assess if progress is being made if you do not have measurable standards? Imagine if products are made and just thrown out in the market if industrial and engineering testing is not preformed?

    "If you say it doesn't matter you are wrong because it will be manifested when the student goes to college. He/She may not be able keep up because he was educated at a lower standard! He/She may get discouraged and decide higher ed is not for them."

    The proof is in the lack of ability to compete when these students are pitted against other students. Black students ability to academically stand toe to toe with white and Asian students is well documented. It's not an opinion, conjecture, rumor or speculation -the hard facts and proof are readily available!

    "P.S. I'm also sick and tired of everyone and their mama equating their problem(s) to slavery."


    Thank you! That is the most misguided and lamest nefarious excuse and myth in modern history. E'nuff said.....
     
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    Standardized just means they are all the same. It does not necessarily mean they are testing anything relevant. I asked a high school teacher what caused winter and summer. He didn't know. But what JOB requires that information.

    Education is about JOBS, not understanding reality. But if it is an economic issue why isn't accounting mandatory?

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