Testing Does NOT Promote Civil Rights or Equity

As a parent of a special needs child, I resent any civil rights group trying to represent my son in pushing for psychologically damaging testing that has no growth model nor has it been validated. I want the best education for my son, but this isn’t it. It isn’t the schools that are failing these students, it’s the “rigor” of the corporate education reformers who are plundering our schools, labeling and shaming our schools, pushing for damning teacher evaluations, and destroying public education right before our eyes. Now that their back is against the wall, they are using civil rights groups and playing them like a fiddle in their quest to stop parent opt-out.

We all need to wake up with education. That includes you President Obama. You spoke at Beau Biden’s funeral last Saturday in Delaware about how he was a man with broad shoulders. I am waiting for you to become that man and lead our children out of the quagmire that has become public education. You do not serve companies, you serve the people of the United States of America. Please take a look around you Mr. President. The very children these groups are attempting to represent are being subjected to assessments that are a danger to education. It isn’t that we don’t want them to succeed. We want that, but testing all students like little guinea pigs is not the answer. The proficiency march has to end somewhere. Your legacy will be if it ends in investors wallets or in true education reform where children are not tortured with this nonsense.

Diane Ravitch's blog

This is a sad, sad story. At the very time that increasing numbers of parents, researchers, and educators agree that testing in American schools is out of control, the caucuses in the House of Representatives representing children of color have taken a strong stand in favor of high-stakes testing.

According to the Washington Post, they want schools held accountable if children fail to meet targets two years in a row.

“Now the Congressional Tri-Caucus has sided with dozens of civil rights groups and the Obama administration. In a letter to the Senate on Wednesday, more than 80 members of the Tri-Caucus said they cannot support the bill without key changes, including a requirement that states take action at schools that are failing to serve subgroups of children, such as those who are low-income, African American or English learners, or those who have disabilities.

“Specifically, the Tri-Caucus — made up of…

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1 thought on “Testing Does NOT Promote Civil Rights or Equity

  1. I don’t think all these tests even validate student progress, special needs child or not. The schools put such an extreme amount of pressure on these students to achieve high scores that all it really does is stress children out and make them achieve a score lower than their actual intellect. Some children are also just naturally poor test takers. They may get nervous, be slow readers, or may not like the time constraints that are placed on these type of tests. Because a child can fill in circles doesn’t mean that they can apply anything they have learned to real life scenarios. My daughter who is not special needs becomes extremely stressed and agitated during testing week, not eating or sleeping well. My son is special needs and I know that the anticipation, sitting for long periods, the timed testing, and the disruption of the day would be a serious hindrance to him even being able to complete the testing, let alone achieve a decent score.

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