Stephanie Simon, Politico, February 10, 2015 The British publishing giant Pearson had made few inroads in the United States — aside from distributing the TV game show “Family Feud” — when it announced plans in the summer of 2000 to spend $2.5 billion on an American testing company. It turned out to be an exceptionally […]
No profit left behind: In the high-stakes world of American education, Pearson makes money even when its results don’t measure up.
Alyson Klein, Education Week’s blog Politics K-12, December 9, 2014 States that want to carefully consider the number and type of tests they offer—and maybe make some changes to their regimens—would get an assist from a federal grant program aimed at improving assessments, under a bill introduced Monday by Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., a […]
Bob Schaeffer, FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing, September 16, 2014 It’s only the middle of September but assessment reformers have already recorded an initial set of “wins” for the new school year: Pittsburgh significantly reduced district-mandated testing, and Florida suspended a controversial statewide reading exam. Building on successes of the recent past, escalating […]
Sarah Lahm, Twin Cities Daily Planet, April 7, 2014 Tonight, I will be in St. Cloud, speaking to a group of parents about how and why to opt their children out of the upcoming MCA (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment) tests. I have also recently connected with parents in a district just north of the Twin Cities, […]
Mila Koumpilova, Pioneer Press, March 15, 2014 – A growing number of Minnesota districts are taking stock of the tests they give students. And they are asking tough questions about them: How many are really necessary? How often? Which exams tell the most? Spending on standardized testing fees that districts and charter schools report to the […]
Michael Diedrich, Minnesota 2020, March 11, 2014 – Test scores, once seen as a way to force schools to have higher expectations of their students, have instead placed a ceiling and walls around what many schools expect of their students. A reevaluation of this approach is overdue. For one perspective on this, we can look to the […]
Lisa Guisbond, Huffington Post, February 21, 2014 – Campaigns against the overuse and misuse of standardized testing are exploding across the nation. Many parents, teachers, students and activists agree that one-size-fits-all exams produce narrow, misleading snapshots of U.S. children and public schools. State and local policy makers are starting to heed their constituents’ message by reducing […]