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Jerry P. Becker

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Parents oppose overuse and misuse of standardized tests
Posted: Jul 23, 2013 7:20 PM
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From Monty Neill on the EDDRA2 listserve, Tuesday, July 23, 2013.
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Major national survey finds parents oppose overuse and misuse of
standardized tests

A new national poll finds parents oppose most features of "school
reform." Parents view standardized tests as one of the two most
significant problems facing schools. The survey was sponsored by the
American Federation of Teachers (AFT). The press release with links
to the report is at
<http://www.aft.org/newspubs/press/2013/072213b.cfm>http://www.aft.org/newspubs/press/2013/072213b.cfm.
[I recommend going to this site and reading the Press Release - it is
not long - JPB]

The report says:

"Parents are rebelling against an over-emphasis on standardized
testing. Perhaps no change in education troubles more parents on a
daily basis than the increased emphasis on standardized testing. A
57% majority feels there is too much emphasis on testing today. A
remarkable 59% say their own child has felt anxiety or worry about
taking a state assessment, and 57% feel that test taking and test
preparation are taking time away from teaching and learning in their
children's schools. Indeed, when asked to choose the biggest problems
facing public schools today, too much testing-along with lack of
funding-is actually one of parents' top two choices. Far from being
the solution for school's challenges, standardized testing has
increasingly become one of the problems."

The news release summarizes key findings about testing:

57 percent said there is too much testing; 29 percent said there is
the right amount; and 8 percent said there is not enough.
64 percent said their state's standardized tests do not accurately
measure student achievement; 28 percent said they do.
59 percent of parents said their child has felt worried or anxious
about taking standardized tests.
57 percent said testing has taken away too much time from teaching
and learning.
This survey reinforces the results of other surveys in recent years,
including the Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup annual poll. It also helps
explain the dramatic upsurge in active parent, student and teacher
resistance to the tests (see
<http://www.fairtest.org/sites/default/files/The-Spring2013-Testing-Reform-Uprising.pdf>http://www.fairtest.org/sites/default/files/The-Spring2013-Testing-Reform-Uprising.pdf).
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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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