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Jerry P. Becker

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POSTPONE TEST-BASED TEACHER RATINGS
Posted: Aug 23, 2014 4:04 PM
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From the EDDRA2 Listserve, Thursday, August 21, 2014. See FairTest,
National Center for Fair & Open Testing, Monty Neill, Ed.D.;
Executive Director, FairTest; P.O. Box 300204, Jamaica Plain, MA
02130; 617-477-9792; http://www.fairtest.org; Donate to FairTest:
https://secure.entango.com/donate/MnrXjT8MQqk **********************************

For further information: Dr. Monty Neill (617) 477-9792 or Bob Schaeffer
(239) 395-6773
For immediate release Thursday, August 21, 2014

NATIONAL CENTER FOR FAIR & OPEN TESTING (FAIRTEST) REACTION TO
EDUCATION SEC. ARNE DUNCAN'S PROPOSAL TO POSTPONE TEST-BASED TEACHER
RATINGS BY ONE YEAR

Today's announcement that the U.S. Department of Education will
consider proposals from states to delay test-based teacher evaluation
reflects belated recognition of the growing movement against
standardized exam overuse and misuse. It is a sign that national
politicians are starting to pay attention to constituents who are
saying "Enough is enough" to testing overkill.

Unfortunately, the Obama-Duncan proposal fails to address the real
problems. It only offers to suspend testing consequences for
educators, not for students and schools, even though all education
stakeholders are scheduled to be evaluated by the same, unproven new
exams. And, it offers a delay of only one year, when even the Gates
Foundation proposed two years.

Instead of this minor concession, the nation really needs an
indefinite moratorium on high-stakes tests and consequences to allow
the development of new assessment practices that actually support
learning and teaching.

The Administration's initiative is merely an attempt to buy time for
the implementation of another round of counter-productive federal
policies that double down on the failure of the past decade of
test-and-punish programs. This cynical action will only further
energize the many parents, teachers and community activists calling a
thorough overhaul of assessment policies."
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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;
Donate to FairTest: https://secure.entango.com/donate/MnrXjT8MQqk
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