Over 120 children’s book authors and illustrators have expressed their alarm at the “negative impacts of excessive school testing” via a letter to President Obama Among the signatories are Maya Angelou, Judy Blume, and Alma Flor Ada. To quote:
“Recent policy changes by your Administration have not lowered the stakes. On the contrary, requirements to evaluate teachers on student test scores impose more standardized exams and crowd out exploration.”
And that’s not all on the testing front. Check out this New York City school where 80% of parents voted to hold their kids out of the test. And this resolution (doc) signed by over 40 school boards in Virginia that asserts tests are “undermining any chance that educators have to transform a traditional system of schooling into a broad range of learning experiences that better prepares our students to live successfully and be competitive on a global stage…”
What do you think of the tests, and how are you pushing back if you’re as unhappy as these folks?