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Standardized Testing follow-up
Posted: March 9, 2014 by Peter Bergson
Program: Studio 12 (2 comments)
Your recent program with Steffan Tubbs as host was a great start in opening up a huge topic. I was especially interested to hear more of what Angela Engle had to say about the negative impact that standardized testing is having on students, teachers and schools themselves with regard to stress, wasted time, financial impact and irrelevance of results. Please bring her back, perhaps along with someone like Dr. Peter Gray ("Free to Learn", Perseus Books, 2013), to explore other ways in which schooling has run amuck. To repeat: Tubbs is a facile host who, given the time constraints, does a terrific job of giving all perspectives a fair voice, and he doesn't make the discussion about him! Thank you. Peter Bergson
standardized testing
Posted: March 4, 2014 by Name Withheld
Program: Studio 12 (2 comments)
Thank you for your show on Standardized Testing: Does It Work? I would love to see a follow up show on the data mining. As a parent, more than the testing concern, I have concerns of the new testing being used for data mining. This point did not get addressed - and could take up a whole show on its own. How can schools go against privacy acts and upload student information to a national data base for others to view? How can parents prevent their child's information being included when the district is involved in this practice. I have been told we could opt out on TCAP but absolutely not for CMAS or PARCC. This is their gateway to the data mining system. Future shows could also address pitting teachers and schools against students if the student is not performing. The state of Colorado is a school of choice state, but many districts, charters and schools openly will not take a student if they have an IEP or 504. How is this FAPE Free and Appropriate Education? Are we moving to a segregated society when publicly funded schools can pick and choose who they will accept for admittance? Soon will we see students not being admitted because they under performed on standardized tests? Will schools suggest that the school is not a good fit and try to flush out the students? Unfortunately, one would like to think that would not happen, but think about this; several students are keeping a teacher or administrator possibly close to retirement from a pay raise or even jeopardizing their livelihood, will they take the high road or take it out on the student?
CPT12 Response:
 Thank you for your email.
I will forward your comments and questions to the producer of Studio 12. The intersection of high stakes testing, data mining of students, and school choice would make a fascinating topic to explore in future episodes.
Thanks for the suggestion.
All the Best,
Joan
CPT12 Staff
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