Please send an email TODAY via the MTA website to let state education officials know you oppose the “performance-based licensure” system that the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is considering. Tell them “None of the above!” to all proposals to link your license to your local evaluation and/or student test scores.
The sooner we kill this idea, the sooner we can focus on initiatives that will actually help our students succeed. Please take a minute and send your message.
Read Mitchell Chester’s letter responding to the MTA.
How Much Standardized Testing is Too Much?
Here’s a good piece in the New York Times, “States Listen as Parents Give Rampant Testing an F,” about the resistance-to-standardized testing movement that has come to Florida.
“ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla. — Florida embraced the school accountability movement early and enthusiastically, but that was hard to remember at a parent meeting in a high school auditorium here not long ago…”
The Less Testing, More Learning petition now has over 1,700 signatures, which is good — but we need a lot more!
This is the start of a state-wide, grassroots campaign in which we will file bills, propose changes in regulations, and push to have them adopted. The petition demonstrates the depth of opposition to high-stakes testing and helps us find people who want to join this effort.Please sign the petition if you haven’t already. And please post it on your Facebook page, Twitter, and relevant email lists that you are on. Thank you!
Finally, here’s an event on this topic. More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing
Join us to hear educator, activist and editor Jesse Hagopian and four contributors to the new book More than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing on Thursday, December 4 at 7 PM.REGISTER NOW! And read more.