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Thursday, February 17, 2005

Important Testing Abuse Links

California Coalition for Authenic Reform in Education ( CalCARE ):

We are a grassroots organization of educators, parents, students, and concerned citizens working together to promote high quality teaching and learning in all classrooms.


Fair Test:

The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) works to end the misuses and flaws of standardized testing and to ensure that evaluation of students, teachers and schools is fair, open, valid and educationally beneficial.


The Search for the Truth:

This is a terrific PowerPoint presentation that could be used for both parents and teachers which exposes the horrors of High-Stakes testing. With some modifications of some slides it can be used in other states rather than California. If you do not have PowerPoint resididing on your machine you can go to http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=7C404E8E-5513-46C4-AA4F-058A84A37DF1&displaylang=EN and download the player for free.

For the The Search for the Truth Power Point first go to:


then scroll down to Feb. 8, 2005, until you find:

"The Search for the Truth: How High Stakes Testing is Ruining Your Child's Education"

Mothers Against WASL

This is a parent based group that is working to say the truth about Washington Assessment of Student Learning and how it is affecting students, teachers and parents. It has a number of good refernces focused directly at and for parents. While some of the details are only applicable to the WASL most can be related to all high-stakes testing:


Testing Satire by Peter Campbell

As part of my attempts to broaden the anti-NCLB message, I created the following scenario in Flash. It's a satirical attempt to illustrate how the best intentions of a good school can go awry and wreck what makes it a good school. It features a series of memos over the course of the academic year from a principal to the teaching staff at an elementary school as the school prepares for the state tests.



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