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Jerry P. Becker

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U.S. SENATE EDUCATION BILL FAILS TO REVERSE "NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND" DAMAGE
Posted: Jun 6, 2013 6:32 PM
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From the EDDRA2 listserve, Tuesday, June 4, 2013.
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For further information:

Dr. Monty Neill (617) 477-9792 or Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773

For immediate release, Tuesday, June 4, 2013

U.S. SENATE EDUCATION BILL FAILS TO REVERSE "NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND" DAMAGE;

IGNORES MESSAGE FROM CONSTITUENTS' RESISTANCE TO HIGH-STAKES TESTING;

GRASSROOTS BOYCOTTS, OPT-OUTS AND RESOLUTIONS SAY, "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH"

Education legislation unveiled in the U.S. Senate today is "grossly
inadequate to undo the damage of the 'No Child Left Behind' (NCLB)
test-and-punish era," according to the country's leading assessment
reform organization.

"Rather than embracing policies that would improve learning and
teaching, the bill drafted by Senate Education Committee Chair Tom
Harkin (D - Iowa) follows the counterproductive path of the
Obama-Duncan administration," explained Dr. Monty Neill, Executive
Director of the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest).
"It also ignores the growing grassroots movement against high-stakes
standardized exams."

Among the weaknesses in the Senate proposal cited by FairTest:

- This bill maintains NCLB's testing requirements, which have failed
to fulfill the law's fundamental promises of higher overall
achievement and smaller gaps between racial groups.

- Even more testing will be required because states seeking Title II
funds will have to include student test scores in teacher evaluation.

- Focusing sanctions on the lowest-scoring schools will lift the
worst punishments from most suburban communities while leaving
low-income, minority neighborhoods at continued risk.

"The bill House Republicans are developing is no better," Neill
continued. "They may turn sanctions over to the states. But they have
no plan for the federal government to provide the support necessary
to build stronger schools in low-income communities. They, too, seek
to coerce states into judging teachers based on student test scores."

Neill concluded, "Instead of pursuing 'more of the same' failed
policies, policy-makers need to listen to their constituents. It is
time to replace high-stakes testing schemes with assessment systems
that help improve educational quality and equity."

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Monty Neill, Ed.D.
Executive Director
FairTest
P.O. Box 300204
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130;

617-477-9792
<http://www.fairtest.org>http://www.fairtest.org
Donate to FairTest:
<https://secure.entango.com/donate/MnrXjT8MQqk>https://secure.entango.com/donate/MnrXjT8MQqk

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Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
625 Wham Drive
Mail Code 4610
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610
Phone: (618) 453-4241 [O]
(618) 457-8903 [H]
Fax: (618) 453-4244
E-mail: jbecker@siu.edu



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