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Public education experts Diane Ravitch and Gary Rubinstein write about a recent letter from 30 plus “education reform” groups to Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.
The “education reformer’s” message; standardized test scores should be used to measure the effectiveness of teacher training programs in the United States.
No don’t laugh, these people are for real.
Here is what they want. Colleges graduate teachers; teachers get hired; the teacher’s students take standardized tests; the standardized test score not only determine which teachers are retained and which are fired, but the scores are also used to determine whether the colleges that trained them should get more or less funding.
Their plan completely fails to take into consideration the role poverty, language barriers and special education needs play in influencing standardized test scores.
What will happen? Universities and colleges that push their teachers to teach in high income, low need areas will show their “worth” by having graduates that have students that produce consistently high test scores. Colleges and Universities that urge their students to tackle the most difficult teaching environments, poor, inner city schools, will run the risk of being labeled “failures,” because the students of those graduates won’t score high enough on standardized tests.
Who would even think of such a stupid plan, let alone work to get the Obama Administration to implement it?
A group of 30 charter school management companies…
And who is at the top of the list of organizations signing the letter.
Connecticut’s own Achievement First Inc., the large charter school management firm that was founded, in part, by Governor Malloy’s Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor.
And another group behind the effort, ConnCAN, the charter school lobby organization, that was set up by the directors of Achievement First.
And 50CAN, the national off-shoot of ConnCAN, also set up by Achievement First’s directors is pushing the absurd concept.
Other organizations behind the effort are “Teach for America, StudentsFirst, Democrats for Education Reform (the Wall Street hedge fund managers), The New Teacher Project, Jeb Bush’s rightwing Chiefs for Change and his Foundation for Educational Excellence.”
Read Diane Ravitch’s blog here: http://dianeravitch.net/2012/09/04/talk-about-nerve/
And Gary Rubinstein’s blog here: http://garyrubinstein.teachforus.org/2012/09/04/tfa-implores-obama-administration-to-hold-teacher-preparation-programs-accountable/
As Diane Ravitch notes, “these people and these organizations are wrong. They are driving American education in a destructive direction. They will reduce children to data points, as the organizations thrive…”
The time to stop the standardized testing madness is now.