Fairtest has been dead set against accountability forever by misnaming themselves; Notest wouldn't sell so it pretends it's for testing just no test is - nor ever will be - good enough to suit them. Unfortunately, California is trying to minimize, and I suspect it will eventually be successful at eliminating altogether, it's excellent CTS, tests built around California's excellent California Content Standards. Its excuse will be the new "recommended" assessments associated with the CCSS.
At 04:09 PM 2/20/2013, Domenico Rosa wrote: >http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2013/02/20/group-urges-less-reliance-mcas/cFwKtOzepYgwfIaj9zG2TM/story.html > >Group urges less reliance on MCAS > >The Boston Globe / February 20, 2013 > >BOSTON (AP) A group of more than 130 >Massachusetts professors and researchers has >sent a letter to state education officials >urging them to stop relying on standardized test >scores in judging school quality, teacher >effectiveness, and student achievement. >The letter Tuesday said standardized tests, >including the Massachusetts Comprehensive >Assessment System, have fostered an "environment >of intimidation, fear, anxiety, and stress" for teachers and students. > >Monty Neill, executive director of FairTest, a >research organization critical of standardized >testing, says schools are becoming "test prep programs." > >The letter includes recommendations, including >ensuring that any new assessment system goes >beyond paper-and-pencil tests in judging student performance. > >State Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester >tells The Boston Globe >(http://b.globe.com/ZgqWdc ) he has not seen the >letter but defended the MCAS, saying it is >"important to measure performance and achievement."