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Testing Backlash

More opposition is growing to get rid of high stakes proficiency exams, from both parents and teachers. In fact, progressive reformers are getting the most press for jumping ship despite strong democratic support for these reforms.


TimeLine
1997 Dale Reed Highline School Board Flyer recommends keeping student home 
      from tests
1/1999 Family Freedom Day features "Dump WASL" signs
8/1999 Arthur Hu announces SPI candidacy
12/1999 National article on backlash against standards
5/2000 CA to require algebra proficiency for diploma
5/2000 US Senate Wellstone Bill limits high stakes testing
9/2000 WA SPI determines 4th grade math test needs minor fixes
9/10/2000 60 minutes critical of TAAS and MCAS tests
9/2000 Washington State SPI primary features 4 candidates against WASL
10/2000 WA SPI announces 80% of all grades still below WASL standard
10/2000 WA SPI cancels science test after 2 pilots, $1M dollars.
11/2000 Arizona eliminates AIMS diploma requirement
11/2000 Massachusettes teachers union, school board association against WASL
12/2000 Seattle SEA teachers union resolution against WASL
12/2000 NCTM against WASL
12/2000 CA Board of Ed pares back test, math deadline to 2
12/20/2000 Boston City Council urges to delay MCAS grad requirement
12/21/2000 Boston Herald Poll 48% oppose MCAS requirement
12/22/2000 NYTimes raps AIMS when top 10% fails
1/29/2001 Boston Globe editorializes against testing
2/15/2001 PBS Newshour on testing Fairtest/Kohn vs AIMS
2/2001 WEA Action Washington NEA publishes front page article blasting WASL
3/2001 25% want to kill, 60% delay AIMS 
4/22/2001 Doyon featured in fp Sunday News Tribune article on WASL protesters, King TV
6/2/01 Rethinking Schools sponsors AntiWASL forum UW
6/14/01 Ohio kills proficiency test
6/01 Substance "Walk against WASL a success"
6/01 Substance "AIMS protests in Arizona continue" "Experts find numerous math 
  errors"
6/01 Substance "Students reject the NY Regents Exam"
6/01 Chicago opposition to high-stakes testing" panel on NPR
6/01 Texas test resisiters continue to mobilize
6/01 Harwich MA suspends teacher in MCAS flap
6/01 Massachusetts Teachers Association opposes all MCAS (not just grad req)
6/01 N. Carolina resisters lobby for fair testing
6/10 Los Angeles demonstration against tests
6/01 California teachers refuse "blood money"
10/01 More than half of 23 exit exam states have made changes to test plans
4/7/02 New York Times Magazine: The Test Mess, Soccer moms revolt
4/24/02 130 boycott Minneapolis 10th grade test
4/25/02 MSPAP to be replaced in September by commercial test
8/02 Oregon cancels elementary and middle school tests
10/27/02 Testing issue backlash in 5 governor's races
10/27/02 Gary Locke WA calls for scaling back WASL
1/7/03 St. Petersburg Times says testing unfair as promotion indicator
5/31/03 Wash Post on test backlash in Fla, Nevada

 
@@News


z68\clip\2003\06\testback.txt AS HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAMS COST DIPLOMAS,
ANGER RISES CRITICS SAY TESTS, CURRICULA MISMATCHED Washington Post --
May 31, 2003 by Michael A. Fletcher Nevada, Florida With a 3.0 grade
point average anchoring a solid academic record, Robyn Collins, 18,
has big plans once she graduates from Reed High School in Sparks, Nev.
The only problem is that she might not graduate from high school.

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HIGH-STAKES TESTING
St. Petersburg Times Editorial -- January 7, 2003
Testing is an unfair and limited measure of success when it is the sole 
indicator of promotion for Florida's third-graders and seniors.
 
LA Times October 27, 2002 School Testing Backlash Key in 5 Governors Races
By Ronald Brownstein, Times Staff Writer
ORLANDO, Fla.In at least five of the contests, Democratic candidates
are challenging the increased use of standardized tests for purposes
that include evaluating school performance and determining whether
students will graduate high school.

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SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/87213_wasled.shtml
Try the positive on WASL tests
Monday, September 16, 2002
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER EDITORIAL BOARD
As parents and teachers realize, 10th-graders know how to dig in their
heels.

z58\clip\2002\09\harvtest.txt
by Richard Elmore. very relevant to this list.
url is http://www.harvard-magazine.com/on-line/0902140.html
Forum Testing Trap
The single largest — and possibly most destructive — federal intrusion
into America's public schools
"performance-based accountability has come to mean testing alone" by
The American Psychological Association's
guidelines for test use (and the consensus of professional judgment in
the field of educational testing and measurement) specifically
prohibit basing any consequential judgment about an individual student
on a single test score. 


http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/specials/testing/
"None of the Above: The Test Industry's Failure"
articles New York Times 1999-2002


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Letters to the Editor
St. Paul Pioneer Press
Posted on Mon, Apr. 22, 2002
Undue focus placed on students' standardized tests
I respect the students at Southwest High School who boycotted the 
Comprehensive Assessments testing. They show much more understanding 
in this entire affair than the administrators and politicians who 
concocted it.
Posted on Wed, Apr. 24, 2002
http://www.twincities.com/mld/pioneerpress/3122525.htm
GO ASK DAD: Some students just said no to useless math test
BY RICK SHEFCHIK St. Paul Pioneer Press
About 130 juniors didn't show up at a Minneapolis high school the
other day to take a statewide math test. There's an easier way to
assess how well the grad standards are being "implemented" - just look
at the scores of the tests kids get graded on. That seemed to work
for, oh, 200 years or more.

More than half of the 23 states once committed to a high school exit
exam have already made big changes, in a trend that signals a
slowdown in the national ''school accountability'' reform movement.
http://www.arizonarepublic.com/arizona/articles/1022reform22.html


Letter from teacher about
invalid FCAT test.

z49\clip\2001\05\highconc.txt High stakes testing: A statement of
concern by the Alliance for Childhood, April 25, 2001.
http://www.allianceforchildhood.net/news/histakes_test_position_statement.htm
Alfie Kohn Jonathan Kozol Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D. Theodore R. Sizer
Howard Gardner Health-care professionals and parents already report
that test-related stress is literally making many children sick.

z49\doc\web\2001\04\fronwasl.txt Opposition to state tests grows
louder Education officials say concerns about meeting new standards
are misplaced 
Debby Abe; The News Tribune Sun 4/22/01

z48\clip\2001\03\sanchez.txt
http://seattlep-i.nwsource.com/opinion/ltrs1919.shtml Letters to the
Editor Monday, March 19, 2001 SCHOOL REFORM Education officials need
a collective awakening I write regarding "No cold feet on school
reform" (March 9) by John Warner.  Warner is a Boeing executive and
president of the Partnership for Learning

from why we homeschool 3/2001
TESTING IRREGULARITIES
Minnesota Mom: Just Say 'No' to Testing

Colleges De-emphasis Entrance Exams

FCAT Adds Science Section in Turf Battle

Texas 'Exemptions' Affect Test Results

Florida Universities De-emphasize SAT Scores

(cut and paste long URLs)
Denver Parents Call For Resignation Over Low Test Scores

SATs: Are College Prep Scores Better?

Testing Opposition on the Rise

(cut and paste long URLs)
Art Experts: Testing Crowds Out Humanities

Reporter Argues Against Standardized Tests

Perfect SATs: No Guarantee of Admission

(cut and paste long URLs)

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2001/03/11/SC210151.DTL
TESTING STRESS CAUSES SCHOOL SHOOTINGS z48\clip\2001\03\acekids.txt
Ace the Tests, Fail Our Kids Joan Ryan Sunday, March 11, 2001
Everyone wants to make sure our kids do not fail academically. But in
our attempt to avert one kind of failure, are we exacerbating
another?  

Opt Out of WASL letter. Great
summary of WASL problems.

PUT ALL GRADUATION TESTS ON HOLD
z48\clip\2001\03\blackgra.txt Blacks More Likely to be Special-Ed
Students, Report Says By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 3/2/2001 -- Graduation
tests, which determine if a student receives a diploma, should be put
on hold until schools can show that all students have had a
``meaningful opportunity'' to learn the material.

3/7/2001 the latest issue of WEA Action. WASL made the front page.
Inside is a three-page article titled "WASL Worries, WASL Wonders,"
which mentions Alfie Kohn and Susan Ohanian, a one-page article
titled "Ease stress for children, parents and teachers who face the
WASL," and a one-pager titled "Tell Olympia your view on
accountability plans."

25% WANTO KILL AIMS, 60% WANT TO DELAY HI STAKES
z48\clip\2001\03\killaims.txt Many favor AIMS delay State survey
results are in By Pat Kossan and Pat Flannery The Arizona Republic
March 04, 2001 12:00:00 Scrap AIMS or postpone it.  That's what a
majority of educators and community members told state education
chief Lisa Graham Keegan after she asked for their input on the
controversial exam, a Republic analysis shows.

z48\priv\2001\03\exbash.txt From the issue dated March 2, 2001 Chron
of higher ed http://chronicle.com/weekly/v47/i25/25a01401.htm
Scholars Say High-Stakes Tests Deserve a Failing Grade Studies
suggest students and educators are judged by faulty yardsticks By
D.W. MILLER High-stakes testing policy "is not based on science. If
we launched a spaceship with this lack of knowledge and evaluation,
the people responsible would lose their jobs," 

z48\clip\2001\02\otherwas.txt The Other Side of the WASL Reprinted
from Learning about Learning April 2000 Northwest Initiative for
Teaching and Learnimg We need to question the WASL's role as the sole
arbiter of the future of education in Washington State, particularly
before we assess the assessment.
http://www.serv.net/~nwiftl/otherside.html

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http://www.heraldnet.com/Stories/01/2/14/13455759.cfm everett herald
February 14, 2001 Locke's entire education package deserves support "
Washington Education Association, whose president, Lee Ann Prielipp,
has chosen in a union publication to present a rather alarmist vision
of state testing of students to members.  She speaks of teachers'
concerns that the Washington Assessment of Student Learning tests
will become a sole determining factor in whether youngsters pass or
fail. The record of the past decade shows that the Legislature, the
state's governors and successive superintendents of public
instruction have been sensitive and capable of adjusting how the
tests are handled"

z48\clip\2001\02\pbstest.txt
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/education/jan-june01/testing_2-15.html
Four experts discuss President Bush's proposal for required testing in 
schools.

TEACHER BOYCOTTS TEST. Calling standardized testing discriminatory, overly
competitive, and a violation of his egalitarian values, a Denver
middle-school teacher announced this week that he will refuse to administer
the Colorado Student Assessment Program tests to his students. Said the
teacher: "Frankly, I'm not a teacher when I teach to a test like this, when
I administer a test like this. People need to think about this: The role of
a teacher is to bring people to examine their own thoughts."

The district is contacting its lawyers.

SAY NO TO STANDARDIZED TESTING. The Boston Globe is editorializing against
the large-scale implementation of standardized testing in public schools.
Educators themselves, who have agitated for mandatory testing of
homeschoolers, are now admitting that "the tests tend to measure what
matters least" -- the ability to memorize facts, without attaining an
understanding of principles. Researchers have, says the Globe, "found a
statistical association between high scores on standardized tests and
relatively shallow thinking." Students who copy down answers, guess a lot,
and skip the hard parts do best on standardized exams. Those who go back
over things they don't understand, ask questions as they read, and try to
create connections between new material and earlier learning, do poorly on
standardized tests.
 (Cut and paste long URLs)

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z47\clip\2001\01\nobusht.txt Fairtest: January 23, 2000 BUSH
EDUCATION PLAN CALLED "FEDERALLY-MANDATED TEST-SCORE ABUSE"; FAIRTEST
TO ORGANIZE NATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO STOP PROPOSAL IN CONGRESS, JUST AS
PREVIOUS BUSH, CLINTON SCHEMES WERE DEFEATED

z47\clipim\2001\01\17\pdk\pdk.htm
http://www.pdkintl.org/kappan/koha0101.htm NEWS FROM THE TEST
RESISTANCE TRAIL Ms. Ohanian offers readers reams of evidence showing
that the Standardisto boat is leaking badly.  By Susan Ohanian


WRONG TO BLAME STANDARDS BASED TESTS?
http://www.wpri.org/Reports/Volume13/Vol13no1.pdf
z47\clipim\2001\01\15\wiscstan.pdf Wisconsin Policy Research
Institute March 2000. Standards Based Education Reform in Wisconsin:
What It Will Take to Make It Work the tendency has been to blame the new
standards-based examinations. There must be something wrong, the
argument runs, with standards and examinations that describe most
students in the respective testing populations as failures (see,
e.g., Steinberg, 1999, December 3).High school students in some districts
have balked at taking the grade 10 WSAS examination, or have refused
to take it seriously. In March 1994, President Clinton
moved the initiative forward, signing Public Law 103-227, called the
Goals 2000: Educate America Act. $18M FOR STANDARDS AND TESTING From 1995 through 1999, Wisconsin
spent $5,098,034 in developing and implementing the state standards
(see Figure 1). Of the $5,098,034, $4,934,204 came from federal
sources (see Table 1); [including Goals 2000] ..heavy reliance on
federal funding ... obviously reflects incentives created by federal
law.  ..It seems unlikely that the standards would have been
developed without the federal dollars. From 1995-1996 until
1998-1999, the DPI spent $13,023,875 on developing and admin-istering
Wisconsin’s assessment system (see Figure 2). [nearly all state
revenues]

http://www.edweek.org/sreports/qc01/articles/qc01story.cfm?slug=17exec_sum.h20
Quality Counts report " States may be placing too much weight,
however, on tests and their use in accountability systems to drive
changes in teaching and learning." previously unpublished analyses by
Achieve, a Cambridge, Mass.-based nonprofit group indicate the match
between state standards and tests is not close enough.

MOST STATE TESTS ARE POORLY WRITTEN
z47\clip\2001\01\teactest.txt
http://www.nytimes.com/2001/01/11/national/11TEAC.html January 11,
2001 Survey Finds Teacher Support for School Standards but Skepticism
on Tests JACQUES STEINBERG Most American teachers say that the
movement to set educational standards has improved the rigor of
elementary and secondary education in recent years but that
achievement tests are poorly written and dominate classroom life,
according to a survey released yesterday.  

z47\clip\2001\01\60minte.txt SHOW: 60 Minutes DATE: September 10,
2000 TESTING, TESTING, TESTING LESLEY STAHL, co-host:
Burrelle@aol.com for copy "that TAAS is going up, and their ability
to handle college is going down." (Footage of Ginley; unidentified
boy crying) STAHL: (Voiceover) Kids really do worry.  

NYTIMES CONDEMNS AIMS AND HIGH STAKES TESTS
z47\clip\2000\12\testfail.txt December 22, 2000 Student Failure
Causes States to Retool Testing Programs By JACQUES STEINBERG New
York Times
http://nytimes.com/2000/12/22/national/22EXAM.html?pagewanted=2 
"ranked 21 / 819 at Dobson High School, where nearly everyone goes on to
college.. was jarred when she failed the state's new high school
mathematics exam" "We were told to write questions to the standards,"
said Mr. Smith, who has been teaching math for 28 years. "We
protested the difficulty of the standards at every step, but we were
told that they couldn't be changed."  "We saw a lot of potential
train wrecks down the road"

z47\clip\2000\12\exam.txt Exit-Exam Retreats Reflect Fears That
Students Lack Skills Education: California is only one of many states
afraid that the material may not have been covered.  By MARTHA
GROVES, Times Education Writer Gripped by fears that too many
students will flunk, California and many other states are pulling
back on plans to require passage of a single high-stakes exam before
seniors can earn diplomas. From Alaska to Maryland, states are paring
questions or postponing the tests.  

CHINESE TEST THEIR OFFICIALS
z47\clipim\2000\12\18\whytest.htm
http://www.educationnews.org/center_for_the_study_of_jobswhat.htm
Center for the Study of Jobs & Education in Wisconsin What is the
rationale for a high school graduation test?  An Open Letter to the
Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction By Dennis W.
Redovich www.jobseducationwis.org Average human beings forget 90% or
more of material they have been taught if they do not use the
information.  There is absolutely no valid method of determining what
a passing score should be. Perhaps a passing score should be the
lowest score of politicians and education bureaucrats, including
elite university administrators and regents, who would be required to
take the high school graduation test to establish norms.  Most Asian
countries practice test mania and survival of the fittest in their
schools. However in China, bureaucrats
are required to pass a test to prove their competency for their jobs.


WSJ BACKS NASTY MCAS z46\clip\2000\11\wsjtest.txt URL for this
Article:
http://interactive.wsj.com/archive/retrieve.cgi?id=SB975016236563265575.djm
November 24, 2000 Review & Outlook Blaming the Test Four years from
now, when Massachusetts's current high school students find
themselves, say, inside a voting booth and unable to read a ballot
properly, perhaps we can rightly blame those forces within the Bay
State that are currently fighting efforts to maintain the most basic
of academic standards.

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_regional/mcas11082000.htm
z46\clip\2000\11\nomcas.txt Teachers union blasts MCAS in TV ad
campaign by Ed Hayward Wednesday, November 8, 2000 The ad closes with
the words: ``Say NO to the MCAS Graduation Requirement.''  

z46\clip\2000\11\testiss.txt School Exams Hot Campaign Issue Oct 31,
2000 12:47 AM WASHINGTON (AP) - Test every student. Publish the
results in school ``report cards.'' Use the scores to decide how much
teachers earn, or even which schools should stay open.

NOBEL PRIZE WINNER KNOCKS TEACHING TO RAISE TEST SCORES
z46\clip\2000\11\nobel.txt Conversations With Nobel Prize Winners Dan
Ackman, Forbes.com, 11.03.00, 12:01 AM ET
http://www.forbes.com/2000/11/03/1103nobel_3.html James Heckman On
Preschool, Testing And Choosing The Right Parents Every four years
some of these tests are changed, and in the first year of the test
you get a tremendous decline in the test scores.

11/1/00 The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/education/newsid_999000/999736.stm
Tests dismissed as 'political tool' Tests for children are being used
for political advantage rather than educational benefit, researchers
in America claim.

ATLANTIC SAYS HIGH STAKES ARE FOR TOMATOES

"High Stakes Are for Tomatoes" - 00.08
http://www.theatlantic.com/issues/2000/08/schrag.htm
"Statewide testing of students, with penalties for failure, has run into
opposition from parents across the political spectrum


z46\clip\2000\10\suntim.txt column from the Chicago Sun-Times of
October 29, 2000 follows...  School tests turned into another
political tool October 29, 2000 BY DENNIS BYRNE CHICAGO SUN TIMES If
one lesson is to be learned from this presidential race, it is that
standardized school tests should be deep-sixed. [conservative against
testing on both R and D sides]

z46\clip\2000\10\sfe.txt A good op-ed piece in today's San Francisco
Chronicle...
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2000/10/29/SC60897.DTL
School Scoreboard As campaigning winds down, Gore and Bush are
sticking to the same mantra: more tests. Lost in the debate are
innovative ideas for education reforms.  Louis Freedberg Sunday,
October 29, 2000

FITZHUGH SAYS PROTESTERS ARE LIKE RED GUARD 
z46\clip\2000\10\lowst.txt Editorial in Fall issue of the New England
History Teachers Newsletter Will Fitzhugh, Editor LOW-STAKES TESTING
There has been a tremendous amount of concern expressed in
Massachusetts over the potential harm from "high-stakes" testing of
basic knowledge in math, English, history and so on for students
after 10 or 11 years of full-time schooling at public expense. "5
strikes and you're out?!" 

NPR QUESTIONS TESTING MOVEMENT
Talk of the Nation: Jeff Howard Efficacy Institute vs. Alfie Kohn
http://search.npr.org/cf/cmn/cmnpd01fm.cfm?PrgDate=10/26/2000&PrgID=5
After today, go to npr.org A: Kids are getting sick because adults
are scaring them, all we need to do is democratically set standards,
we need to say that all kids can meet the proficiencies.  B: My kids
can't pass these tests, we need real tests, my kids are getting sick
and vomiting

GORE QUESTIONS TESTING (OR AT LEAST TAAS)
10/26/00 From today's New York Times "This is the bottom line," Mr.
Gore said. "We cannot afford to teach kids how to take a state test
while leaving them with serious learning deficits.  We cannot afford
that kind of short- sighted shortcut in education policy any more
than we can afford it in economic policy where we cannot afford to
cook the books and bust our budget, leaving America with endless
financial deficits."  Mr. Gore said practices like teaching to the
test "might elevate the reputations of school administrators and
politicians but actually do nothing to really raise standards."

Doyon: 10/20/00 Rumor has it 8th and 10th grade Science WASL is
benched for the time being!  Too hard.

All's fair in WASL War As I
heard Patricia Lines on the Accountability Commission say, "I'm not
sure I want to be a part of something that makes 4th graders cry and
high school students drop out". There hasn't been a year for 3 years
where at least one of my students was crying during the WASL.

GROWING BACKLASH OVER FLUNKING MIDDLE CLASS STUDENTS AND GOOFS
z45\clip\2000\10\failnot.txt October 12
Release SOURCE: National Association of State Boards of Education
NASBE Study: The Dilemma of Social Promotion or Retention in Grade Is
a 'False Choice'
    *  The growing backlash movement (against standards based reform) is
       largely a reaction to "magic bullet" and punitive approaches to the
       implementation of high-stakes testing, concern over large numbers of
       middle class students not passing the tests, and concern over mistakes
       in test scoring and reporting.

z45\clip\2000\10\solads.txt
http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A20118-2000Oct5.html
Democrats Question Va.-Backed School Ads By R.H. Melton Washington
Post Staff Writer Friday, October 6, 2000; Page A01 RICHMOND, Oct. 5
The Gilmore administration is spending almost $1.2 million on TV ads
to promote the Standards of Learning education program that George
Allen (R) initiated as governor and now champions again in the Nov. 7
election against U.S. Sen. Charles S. Robb (D).

z45\clip\2000\10\noback.txt Parents Back School Standards From the
Washington Post, A9, Thursday, October 5, 2000 URL:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A13157-2000Oct5?language=printer
"large majorities stand behind the adoption of high-stakes testing to
enforce state academic standards, despite sporadic protests in
Virginia and elsewhere" Fair test replies that nearly eight out of
ten respondents agreed that "it's wrong to use the results of just
one test to decide whether a student gets promoted or graduates."
Almost six in ten (59%) say that "the schools today place far too
much emphasis on standardized tests."

PUBLIC AGENDA SAYS THERE'S NO BACKLASH
http://www.publicagenda.org/aboutpa/pdf/standards-backlash.pdf
z45\clipim\2000\10\23\stand.pdf
Funding for this survey was provided by the Thomas B. Fordham, George
Gund, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur, and John M. Olin Foundations

ONLY 27% WANT STUDENTS TO PASS "HIGHER LEVELS" TEST
12. To be a awarded a diploma, students should be (US)
53 - pass basic skills test
27 - pass more challenging test showing they have
  learned at "higher levels"
17 - requiring kids to pass a test is a bad idea
 3 - don't know
ONLY 20% WANT TEST TIED TO GRADUATION AND PROMOTION
20. It's wrong to use results of just one test for
promotion or graduation
61 - strong agree
17 - somewhat agree
 8 - somewhat disagree
12 - strongly disagree
 1 - don't know
Only 12% think the tests are too difficult
Only 22% think there are problems with the test vs.
   inadequate preparation = 57%
53% say continue the effort as planned for higher
   standards, only 2% say stop the effort, 34% say adjust
82% say the standards effort is careful and reasonable.


STRINE MAKES EASTSIDE JOURNAL AND SEATTLE PI AGAINST WASL
http://seattlep-i.nwsource.com/opinion/soap231.shtml Need a WASL
scapegoat? Blame the english teacher Saturday, September 23, 2000 By
FRED A. STRINE Guest columnist The premise is specious, the structure
is weak and the grading is definitely not reliable. WASL promoters
should forfeit their own diplomas and Riverside Publishing owes us a
refund. Of course, that's just one grader's opinion. On last year's
WASL, that was enough.

z45\clip\2000\09\natlback.txt PARENTS MOBILIZE NATIONWIDE TO FIGHT
STANDARDIZED TESTS Associated Press -- Wednesday, September 27, 2000
Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Hundreds of Ohio parents hold rallies to
denounce standardized tests. In Virginia, a mother of five drives six
hours several days a week to lobby for revised academic standards. A
Nevada mother with similar concerns runs for the state school board.

http://ajr.newslink.org/cgi/goto.cgi?2=003866
z45\clip\2000\09\juan.txt 9/17/2000 (Tacoma) News Tribune-- Letters
to the Editor: Terry Bergeson isn't what schools needs JUANITA DOYON;
Spanaway 

And from the Olympian:
Tests are tough - too tough? 
One-third of 10th-graders passed WASL math, writing 
CRAIG COLEY, THE OLYMPIAN 
"It's too damaging. Kids don't function that way. They need to have hope." -- 
Nick Brossoit, Tumwater schools superintendent, who says some students will 
never pass WASL tests."
http://news.theolympian.com/stories/20000917/HomePageStories/120531.shtml


New York Times sept 13, 2000 How Tests Can Drop The Ball By RICHARD
ROTHSTEIN FROM WEDNESDAY'S TIMES Are standardized-test scores, on
which many schools rely heavily to make promotion or graduation
decisions, more indicative of true ability than a ballplayer's weekly
average? Not really. 

MOST THINK SOL SUCKS
http://www.EducationNews.org September 11, 2000
Washington Post Poll Pans SOLs Negative views on Va.'s SOL exams are
widespread, according to a poll. 51 percent of the respondents said
the program "is not working."Amy Proctor, the mother of three young
children, says she believes strongly in setting high standards for
teachers and students. But after reading news accounts and talking it
over with friends, Proctor has concluded that the tests Virginia is
using to assess students and schools are doing more harm than good. 

NIGHTLINE, 60 MINUTES ROAST TESTING
9/10/2000 CBS 60 minutes attacks TAAS
8/??/2000 Nightline "master teacher" shows students and teacher
crying over examination that determines 8th grade graduation.

CONSERVATIVES DEFEND AGAINST BACKLASH
z45\clip\2000\09\testbash.txt
EducationNews.org
The World's Leading Source of EducationNews 7 Days a Week
September 7, 2000
Test Bashing, Part 4
That "Backlash" That Testing Opponents So Desperately Crave
Richard P. Phelps

educationnews.org
September 1, 2000
Boston Globe Governor is target of protest on MCAS (By Regina
Montague, Globe Correspondent) A day after Governor Paul Cellucci
promised he will not abandon the MCAS test as a graduation
requirement, about 20 students, parents, and community leaders
gathered in front of the State House yesterday and blasted his
stance. 

In Everett, teachers faulted Cellucci plan (By Sandy Coleman, Globe
Staff) EVERETT - On the first day of classes yesterday at Everett
High School, James Micarelli Jr., science department head and
teacher, wasted no time launching into the back-to-school,
down-to-business mode. 

Boston Herald Minority leaders decry MCAS as inequitable testing tool
by Karen E. Crummy Calling the MCAS the ``new segregation,'' Latino,
African-American and Asian community leaders went to the State House
yesterday to demand education reform for minority students.
Educationnews.org Aug 27, 2000 Boston Herald Cellucci, Swift to go on
the MCAS offensive by Ed Hayward Trying to quell rebellion against
the controversial MCAS exam, Gov. Paul Cellucci plans to slam the
door on calls to change the testing program while proposing MCAS
information centers and summer ``boot camps'' to tutor kids who flunk.

DON'T TEST MY KIDS WITH WASL

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/news/editorial/html98/letters.art_20000817.html
Thursday, August 17, 2000, 12:00 a.m. Pacific Letters to the
editor Tests are harmful to schools, children Juanita Doyon, Spanaway
Jedoyon@aol.com

TEACHERS UNHAPPY WITH WASL AND ACCOUNTABILITY SCHEME
http://www.yakima-herald.com/cgi-bin/liveique.acgi$rec=14280?home
z45\clip\2000\08\yakaplus.txt Teachers Use Forum to Criticize State
Reform Published in the Yakima Herald-Republic on Thursday, August 3,
2000 By COLLEEN POHLIG YAKIMA HERALD-REPUBLIC Teachers vented
frustration and ticked off a long list of concerns Wednesday over the
state's attempt to raise standards for students and accountability
for schools. 

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TEACHER'S SUIT SAYS TEST SCORES GET TOO MUCH EMPHASIS 
Friday, July 14, 2000
By TOM VOGT, Columbian staff writer
A Vancouver woman claims in a lawsuit against the Evergreen School District 
that its emphasis on statewide test scores interfered with her freedom to 
teach. [teacher demoted over protest that curriculum turns to wasl prep]

SEATTLE TEACHERS UNION WARY OF TESTING
Blomstrom notes
http://www.wa.nea.org/INFO/ORGNZTN/SEAHomepage/Unity/Unity10_4.htm
Our students are being over-tested from Verleeta Wooten, SEA
President One of the most prevalent concerns I am hearing, is that we
are doing too much testing of our students. ...most are just
frustrated. In fact at our last Representative Assembly, the body
xvoted to advise OSPI that the fourth grade WASL was not a proven
valid instrument


TIME BASHES TESTING MANIA
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/articles/0,3266,47123,00.html
z42\clip\2000\07\timetest.txt EDUCATION JUNE 19, 2000 VOL. 155 NO. 25
VISIONS 21 Is That Your Final Answer?  Those tougher tests that were
supposed to inspire sagging schools have spurred parents, students
and teachers to rebel against the exams' harmful side effects BY
JODIE MORSE

SEATTLE EDUCATORS CONCLUDE *SURPRISE* WASL SUCKS
Seattle
Area Rethinking Schools survey concludes that the WASL "has had a
negative effect on the way students feel about school, the way
students feel about themselves, student creativity, the climate of
our school communities, the pace of our work as teachers, and the way
we as educators feel about our work, over half of the teachers
surveyed feel that the WASL does not lead to more effective teaching
and learning, does not provide us with useful information about our
students' learning, is not developmentally appropriate for our
students, and has not brought positive changes for both teachers and
students."

AFT ATTACKS "BAD" TESTS z43\clip\2000\07\afttest.txt
http://www.nytimes.com/library/national/070400teach-convention-edu.html
July 4, 2000 Teachers' Union Leaders Oppose Push to Testing at the
Expense of Curriculum By JODI WILGOREN
"I have never been so overwhelmed in my 32 years of teaching," and
said "testing mania" was overtaking schools "like some
education-eating bacteria."  Mr. Chase also criticized some of the
standards themselves, like California's requirement that fifth
graders memorize the elements of the periodic table

6/16 many school boards join
movement against mcas, superintendent vows to stay the course.


ETS SAYS ACCOUNTABILITY MADNESS HAS SCREWED UP TESTING
"The increased demand for K-12 accountability is resulting in tests of
poor quality, improper test use, and disconnects among teaching,
learning, and testing, as well as between teaching and teacher
education."
   -- Report of the Educational Testing Service Visiting Committee
      June, 2000

PRINCE GEORGE PAPER RAPS MSPAP STATE HIGH STAKES TEST
z42\clip\2000\06\msp.txt editorial from Prince George's Journal
Newspaper, Opinion page Editor.  6/7/00 A lesson learned?  Many refer
to MSPAP as a standardized test, but that's really a misnomer.
Because of its heavy emphasis on writing, MSPAP scoring is inherently
subjective. Teachers have also long complained MSPAP questions are
often just too difficult for the grade level being assessed. The same
goes for the math portion, with its heavy emphasis on probability, as
opposed to calculations. For instance, a third-grade MSPAP math
question showed several circles cut into different portions of
varying sizes, asking which one was ``fair," meaning equally divided.
Is this really an appropriate question for kids still struggling to
learn their multiplication facts? Not surprisingly, not a single
child in that class got the answer right.

\doc\web\2000\06\nwwasl.txt NINE
MILE FALLS PARENTS QUESTION THE WASL Northwest Cable News June 5,
2000 Kathy Goins is just one of a handful of parents in Nine Mile
Falls who doubts the effectiveness of the Washinton exam. "I don't
think the WASL is the way to go".

Parent is sick of the WASL

z24\clip\2000\06\colwasl.txt
http://www.columbian.com/05222000/front_pa/128469.html
WASHINGTON ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING
TEACHERS, PARENTS QUESTION FAIRNESS OF STATEWIDE TESTS 
Monday, May 22, 2000
By RICHARD S. CLAYTON, for The Columbian
Raising the academic bar or dooming students to failure? 
" She said questions were included that would be too hard for average
fourth-graders or students who could meet the state standard.  These
questions measure the ability of students who can exceed both
benchmarks, she said.  "

http://www.columbian.com/05212000/front_pa/128206.html WASHINGTON
ASSESMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING TESTS POSE ACADEMIC QUANDARY Sunday,
May 21, 2000 By RICHARD S. CLAYTON, Columbian staff writer
educators increasingly are raising concerns. Some see a decline in
traditional lessons and academic skills, while others worry about
schools focusing on a limited number of students to meet the state
quotas for improved scores. 

http://www.columbian.com/05222000/front_pa/128470.html
z24\clip\2000\06\colwasl.txt TESTS PUT SPOTLIGHT ON HIGHER ACADEMIC
STANDARDS WASHINGTON ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING Monday, May 22,
2000 Richard Clayton, for The Columbian "But some parents, educators
and students worry the stakes have been raised too high, creating
unrealistic pressure on students and increasing the possibility
students will give up. "

http://www.columbian.com/05222000/front_pa/128470.html
z24\clip\2000\06\colwasl.txt TESTS PUT SPOTLIGHT ON HIGHER ACADEMIC
STANDARDS WASHINGTON ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING Monday, May 22,
2000 Richard Clayton, for The Columbian "But some parents, educators
and students worry the stakes have been raised too high, creating
unrealistic pressure on students and increasing the possibility
students will give up. "

z42\clipim\2000\05\30 Kellie writes to Orlich complaining that kids
don't have a chance to pass the 4th grade wasl from Spokane

MASS TEACHER SUSPENDED FOR NOT GIVING MCAS "MONSTER"
z42\clip\2000\05\mcassusp.txt
http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_regional/educ05162000.htm MCAS
opponents hold rally in Hub by Ed Hayward Tuesday, May 16, 2000
Harwich Middle School teacher Jim Bougas was suspended for two weeks
for refusing to administer the exam.  "There's a monster in my
classroom every day that is known as MCAS"

THE WASL IS A DISASTER z42\clipim\2000\05\12\wasltroj.htm
http://archives.seattletimes.com/cgi-bin/texis/web/vortex/display?slug=wasl11&date=20000511
Thursday, May 11, 2000 WASL is Trojan Horse for school control by
John Palm Special to The Times The Washington Assessment of Student
Learning (WASL) has, in its three-year life, shown itself to be not
only a colossal waste of money, time and effort... The WASL has been
disastrous for our children and their schools. 

z42\clipim\2000\05\12\waslmons.htm
http://www.spokane.net/news-story.asp?date=051100&ID=s801490&cat=section.Spokane
WASL a 'monster' of a test Even state officials don't have all the
answers yet Dan Pelle - The Spokesman-Review According to Spokane
fourth-grader Alan Guthrie, the state's new assessment test is a
ferocious monster with sharp fangs and claws like daggers.


From: 
Sent: Monday, May 08, 2000 9:14 PM
Subject: Re abusive testing - from my cousin back east
 You should check out the Washington Post website for the articles on
the Fairfax County Standards of Learning Test and the Montgomery Co.
(MD) testing situation.  The students are failing these tests right
and left nd the school systems are tearing their hair out.  I think,
like the mother n this article, that the whole thing is an outrage
against children.  I ould feel (and have felt)abusive regarding the
pressure on my pwn kids to "do well" in these (stupid) tests or
else.... It's a travesty to the principle of education and an insult
to teachers.

NOW THE HISPANICS ARE REVOLTING IN WA
http://archives.seattletimes.com/cgi-bin/texis/web/vortex/display?slug=rico03&date=20000503
z41\clip\2000\05\testharm.txt The Seattle Times Company Editorials &
Opinion : Wednesday, May 03, 2000 Will state tests harm Latino
students?  by Ricardo Sanchez Special to The Seattle Times

z41\clip\2000\05\dewey.txt
(Kent WA) South County Journal on April 29th.
Hang down your head, John Dewey; progressive ed has failed
By Fred A Strine 
Our test, the Washington Assessment of Student Learning, is a sham
because progressives concocted it. Progressives also evaluate it, and
public schools will teach to the test until the results prove kids
are learning what progressives value. If she fails to explain a
mathematical process in her essay, so what? I really don't care.
She's just a fourth-grader. I want her to know her times tables. I
want her to do her arithmetic without a calculator. The WASL doesn't
test the skills I value.

SOME KIDS WILL FAIL "HIGH STANDARD" NO MATTER WHAT
http://www.eastbayexpress.com/archive/042800/featurea_042800.html
\clip\2000\05\oaksat9.txt APR 28 - MAY 4, 2000 Failing Our Kids The
view from the bottom quartile.  By Perrin Selcer All but two or three
of the 22 sophomore students sitting before me do not have to wait
for their scores on the SAT/9 to come in the mail. East oakland kids

\clip\2000\05\brook.htm http://www.uis.edu/~fox/tab/2000/042700.html
Brookline Newcomer MCAS boycotters one, School Committee less than
zero Published in the Brookline TAB April 27, 2000 But just about
everyone in town who's publicly expressed an opinion seems to agree
that the test is at best unnecessary and at worst harmful. So why
should we care how Brookline scores? 

\clip\2000\05\newtab.htm
http://www.townonline.com/newton/education/news/0-9572_0_parents_042700_7a067abff7.html
Newton Tab April 27, 2000 Parents lash back at MCAS By DONNA DALEY
the Coalition for Authentic Reform for Education, a statewide
coalition of parents and educators created in reaction to the MCAS,
are concerned that the high-stakes test is undermining their
children's education and lowering educational standards.  They would
like to see the state adhere to the 1993 Education Reform Act, which
called for a wide variety of tests. 

CARSON APPEAL Wednesday, April 26,
2000 Proficiency exam policy may be askew by Teri Vance "I did
horribly on every standardized test I ever took, but I have a Ph.D.
and I got it in record time," Trusty-Murphy said. "A test cannot
possibly show you the most important part of a child and that is
dedication, hard work and perseverance."  

SEA-PI BERGESON SAYS SHE'S JUST KIDDING, IT'S NO BIG DEAL
z41\clipim\2000\04\24\piwasl\piwasl.htm
Sample questions. Arthur Hu quoted Cited by KVI Kirby Wilbur
http://seattle-pi.com/local/test241.shtml
Statewide anxiety about WASL Testing begins today amid concerns about
stress on students Monday, April 24, 2000 By DEBERA CARLTON HARRELL
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER 
* The local boycott has been urged by Arthur Hu of Kirkland, a
parent, computer programmer, candidate for state school
superintendent and outspoken critic of education reform and the WASL. 
* Donald Orlich, adjunct professor at the Science,
Mathematics and Engineering Education Center at Washington State
University, criticizes the fourth-grade test as developmentally
inappropriate. 
* [Bergeson] told teachers the state is making "mid-course
corrections," including a review of the fourth-grade test,
particularly math. 
* "it's not the be-all-and-end-all," state school Superintendent Terry
Bergeson said.  "No child should be judged by the basis of one test
score," she said.  "If we make it too big a deal, we're going to take
the joy of learning away. . . . To kids and parents, I say: This is
an opportunity to make things better for the future. Don't worry so
much." 

SEATIMES WASL OF DOOM
z41\clipim\2000\04\24\stwasl\stwasl.htm
link
The Seattle Times Company Local News : Thursday, April 20, 2000
State's big exam puts pressure on teachers, students by Jolayne Houtz
Seattle Times staff reporter Washington students begin taking the
state's high-stakes test Monday, an exam their teachers have been
preparing them for since the first day of school with tightly focused
instruction and hours of practice drills and tutoring. 
Students say test `scary'

GA GOV COMMITTED TO HIGH FLUNK RATE ED REFORM
z40\clip\2000\04\gagov.txt Columbus, GA, Ledger-Enquirer Governor put
on defensive over reforms 04/15/2000 By Mark Rice Staff Writer
ATLANTA During a panel discussion on education standards,
VanDerWerker relayed a joke circulating around Virginia's schools:
"How do you know if your standards are high enough? If a lot of kids
are failing." 

z40\clip\2000\04\nytest.txt From NY Times - 4/13/00 Blue Books
Closed, Students Protest State Tests By JACQUES STEINBERG From the
Berkshire Mountains to Cambridge and south to Cape Cod, brushfires of
civil disobedience flared in classrooms across Massachusetts today,
as several hundred 10th graders, and a handful of fourth graders and
eighth graders, boycotted the first of 11 days of standardized tests
meant to evaluate students and schools.  In recent months, parents,
teachers and students have rallied and railed against new
standardized tests in Florida, Louisiana, Ohio and Wisconsin, among
other states. Abigail Thernstrom, a member of the state board of
education, said it was entirely appropriate for the state to erect
one hurdle over which all students must jump.

MA: SOME STUDENTS TOE PARTY LINE DESPITE MCAS BOYCOTT
z40\clip\2000\04\mcboy.txt
http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_regional/mcas04142000.htm Some
students call MCAS boycott counterproductive by Jules Crittenden
Friday, April 14, 2000 The high-profile student boycott of the MCAS
tests was denounced yesterday by another group of students who say
the exercise in civil disobedience was misguided and
counterproductive.

NYT: HIGH STAKES TESTS SUCK
The Trouble with Tests New York Times Education Life April 9, 2000
John Katzman and Steven Hodas 50% of the past two months were spent
preparing for the tests..one of the thorniest jobs is defining
passing and failing...no score is required to merely compare one with
another...nearly 50% failed the Virginia reading standards.. recess,
art and peer play would be curtailed for test prep... kindergarteners
are prepping for a test 5 years away...
z40\clipim\2000\10\12\test.efx, test.txt

SAN JOSE MERCURY KNOCKS BAN ON HIGH STAKES TESTING
z40\clip\2000\04\testban.txt Published Friday, April 14, 2000, in the
San Jose Mercury News EDITORIAL `Social promotion' bill flunks
intelligence test A bill by Sen. Paul Wellstone of Minnesota and Rep.
Robert Scott of Virginia, both Democrats, would ban states and school
districts from using standardized tests to determine graduation,
promotion or placement of students. 
ed saying to keep tests with
Wellstone response - high stakes cannot rely on one test score.

z40\CLIP\2000\04\ohtest.txt
Cincinatti Enquirer
Tuesday, April 11, 2000 
Parents keep 4th-graders home from proficiency test 
The Associated Press
"Critics say the fourth-grade test is too difficult. They want
the test to be rewritten to be more grade-appropriate and to carry
less weight. Beginning in 2001, any fourth-grader who does not pass
the reading exam of the test cannot be promoted to the fifth grade. "
        AKRON — In a parental backlash to the fourth-grade Ohio
Proficiency Test, some parents kept their children home last month
when the test was given. 

MASSACHUSETTS LEADS MOVEMENT TO TRASH HIGH STAKES TESTING
z40\clipim\04\10\mcas\mcas.txt
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/102/metro/Mass_seen_as_ground_zero_in_test_tussleP.shtml
Mass. seen as ground zero in test tussle As pupils face MCAS, foes
eye wider battle By Beth Daley and Doreen Iudica Vigue, Globe Staff,
4/11/2000 Massachusetts may be carrying a new banner in the nation's
public school testing wars: Backlash capital.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/education/newsid_708000/708092.stm
Monday, 10 April, 2000, 09:50 GMT 10:50 UK
Mother keeps son off school tests
A mother is refusing to let her seven-year-old son sit national curriculum
tests because she says they are an unnecessarily stressful "political
tool". 


Published October 27,1999 in The
Highline Times Dale Reed asks Washington kids to stay home on
test day.

Education Week 4/4/2000
Some Experts Say Missteps Could Derail Standards
Worries of a Standards 'Backlash' Grow
By Lynn Olson
It sounded fine in theory: Set high standards for what students should know
 and be able to do. Give teachers and students the resources and help they
 need to reach the standards. Use tests to measure whether the goals are
 being met, and encourage results by rewarding success and penalizing
 failure.

Contest Progressive education gurus hope to enlist masses of teachers
to help turn back the reform they claim is destroying great schools.
Includes "Rebels With a Cause."

Boston Herald 3/27/2000
Ex-teacher of the year now fights MCAS
SPRINGFIELD - For a year, Mary Ginley served as the state's Teacher of the
Year. When she ``took off the tiara,'' she found the honor provided her
with a pulpit where she could launch her attack on the cornerstone of the
state's $6 billion education reform program.

http://www.usnews.com/usnews/issue/000403/education.htm
z40\clipim\2000\03\27\backlash\backlash.htm US News & World Report
4/3/00 Backlash against high-stakes testing Students, parents,
schools just say no to tests By Mary Lord Education reform is under
attack, and not just in Massachusetts. Across the nation, parents,
civil rights activists, educators, and students are organizing
rallies, buttonholing officials, and flooding newspapers with letters
to the editor in a brewing backlash against state-mandated academic
standards–and the make-or-break assessments designed to bolster them. 

From Richard Innes <70224.434@compuserve.com>
Here are some URL's to Education Week articles on the National Assessment
of Educational Progress and other testing programs.
--------------------------------------------------------

March 8, 2000 NAEP Weighed as Measure Of Accountability
http://www.edweek.org/ew/ewstory.cfm?slug=26naep.h19
This indicates the Clinton National Test is far from dead -- it's just
changing forms a bit.  Of course, directly using NAEP in this way has
never been tried, and the NAEP may prove no more valid than any other of
the many troubled state assessments now being used.  

March 8, 2000 States Face Limited Choices In Assessment Market
http://www.edweek.org/ew/ewstory.cfm?slug=26test.h19
z40\clipim\2000\03\27\testgoof\testgoof.htm
This does a quick run-down of the many state level testing disasters that
occurred in 1999.  Note that there is only a limited number of players in
the testing game, and their competency to produce high stakes tests is
clearly in question.
In 1996, the 50 states spent about $165 million on tests, according
to Achieve. The organization, based in Cambridge, Mass., expects the
total to double to $330 million this year.
The biggest blooper belonged to CTB/McGraw-Hill.  CTB erred in
comparing students’ scores with national rankings. Among other
consequences, 3,500 New York City students were mistakenly sent to
summer school.

March 1, 2000
Riley Urges 'Review' Of Standards
http://www.edweek.org/ew/ewstory.cfm?slug=25riley.h19
See the cautions here about state level high stakes testing.  From the US
Secretary of Education, no less.

February 16, 2000 Test-Weary Schools Balk at NAEP
http://www.edweek.org/ew/ewstory.cfm?slug=23NAEP.h19

At the same time the president is pushing the NAEP for a national test,
the states are opting out of using NAEP in increasing numbers.  In 1996,
43 states participated in the NAEP 4th Grade Math Assessment.  If I
interpret the article correctly, no more than 41 states maximum will be
participants this year, and the number could drop to as low as 35 states
due to possibly
 inadequate school samples for six other states.  That is a pretty decent
indication that NAEP has even more problems than just the exclusion issue
I have discussed in this forum before.
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PROGRESSIVES ORGANIZE TO KILL MASS MCAS TEST
Call to Arms
http://www.edweek.org/tm/tmstory.cfm?slug=07dewey.h11
While the standards movement has attracted a coterie of critics
nationally, progressives are perhaps its most natural enemies.

SEATTLE FREE WEEKLY WARNS ABOUT ED REFORM!  z40\clip\2000\03\genx.txt
http://www.seattleweekly.com/features/0011/features-berger.shtml
Seattle Weekly March 16 - 22, 2000 Generation Xterminate BY KNUTE
BERGER New reasons to sleep uneasy.  The Borging of Kids: The worst
ideas inevitably show up in our public schools and various
well-intentioned campaigns to improve them. They emphasize that
children do not get enough school, and advocate that school days be
extended and school run year-round. They emphasize standardized tests
(never individual tests), and they promote the idea that schools
should primarily be workforce training academies preparing goslings
(drones) for the digital age. 

http://www.seattletimes.com/news/editorial/html98/mars_20000316.html
Reference: "Adults need to walk the talk about tests," David Marshak,
Seattle Times, March 16, 2000 Guest columnist Adults need to walk the
talk about tests by David Marshak Special to The Times Let the
politicians take the test and see if they can pass.

\clip\2000\03\cashma,.txt
http://www.eastsidejournal.com/sited/retr_story.pl/10335 Hey,
schools, you call this a report card?  2000-01-17 by Pat Cashman
Journal Columnist Because according to the Fordham folks, we are
somewhat lackluster in demanding high expectations for
kindergarteners through 12th-graders. In other words, too many kids
get to graduate just for showing up.  The good news is that just last
week, the state Board of Education voted to require all future
graduates to pass a test of reading, writing, math and communication
skills and knowledge. If they pass it, they'll receive a certificate
of mastery. Even Bill Gates doesn't have one of those. 


BENNETT ADVISORS STICKS TO STANDARDS THAT MOST DON'T KNOW AND CAN'T
DO "Social Promotion": Marching Children Into The Quicksand Of
Academic Failure Investors Business Daily March 8, 2000. Jake
Phillips, advisor to conservative William Bennett says that we should
keep high standards. Parents who are revolting because all of their
kids are failing "standards" based education are just crybabies..
"Standards are fine until my child can't meet them"
z40\clipim\2000\03\12\standard.efx
z40\clip\2000\03\standard.rtf,.txt

\clip\2000\02\mcas1.txt
http://www.alfiekohn.org/teaching/mcas.htm BOSTON GLOBE November 14,
1999 Turning the tables: What if students and parents designed a test
for the Board of Education?  By Tim Wise

Alfie Kohn
master progressive has strategies to kill the tests and organize a 
resistance.

PROGRESSIVE KOHN ATTACKS STANDARDS BASED REFORM, BOYCOTT TESTS
\clip\2000\02\kohn.txt
http://www.alfiekohn.com/standards/strategies.htm Crusader Argues
School Reforms Hinder Learning By RICHARD LEE COLVIN, Times Education
Writer Conventional wisdom says schools will improve by imposing
tough new standards on students.  Nonsense, says author Alfie Kohn, a
popular speaker among parent and teacher groups. 

More on student page
http://www.scam-mcas.
org

\clip\2000\02\putmcas.txt STUDENTS GO TO INTERNET TO KILL MCAS
Putting MCAS to the test Students build coalition to find a better
yardstick for schools By Doreen Iudica Vigue, Globe Staff, Boston
Globe 2/19/2000 15-year-old Will Greene logs on to a computer to help
bring down a test he thinks undervalues all he does, the MCAS.

http://www.pdkintl.org/kappan/koha0001.htm
z39\clipim\2000\02\10\goals\goals.htm
Phi Delta Kappan "Goals 2000 Revisited" by Susan Ohanian Phi Delta
Kappan "Goals 2000 Revisited" by Susan Ohanian Susan credits "right
wing whackos" with leading the fight against the same testing/
accoutability beast that the left is fighting against.

HIGH TEST STANDARDS HAVE NO CONNECTION TO BUSINESS SUCCESS
http://www.educationnews.org/flawed_thinking_of_school_reform.htm
z39\clip\2000\02\flawed.txt EducationNews.org February 10, 2000
"Flawed Thinking of School Reformers" The flawed thinking of school
reformers who blame schools for every business ill becomes clear in a
new book "The Millionaire Mind" by Thomas J. Stanley and William D.
Danko.  Their survey of 1,300 millionaires found the average
millionaire made Bs and Cs in college and their average SAT scores
were a mere 1190, which would keep them out of top-notch schools.

I am a Child, Not a Test Score
z39\clipim\2000\02\01\notnum.gif Seattle Times letter	2/9/2000

FALLING/FAILING STANDARDS: VIRGINIA TO DUMP 70% PASSING GOAL AS
"UNREALISTIC" Washington Post 2/8/2000 Va. May Ease Exam Penalties
Study Calls Goal of 70% Passing at Each School Unrealistic By
Victoria Benning The president of Virginia's Board of Education said
yesterday he is open to changing a rule that requires every public
school to achieve a 70 percent student pass rate on state exams by
2007 or face the loss of its accreditation.

EducationNews.org Feb 8, 2000 Christian Science Monitor Opinion What
state tests should test There's no question that many schools and
school districts need the prod that state-mandated tests provide. The
questions are (1) whether the tests should apply to all publicly
funded schools regardless of the educational philosophy guiding them;
and (2) whether the tests assess a broad-enough spectrum of knowledge
and skills.

Ohio: Child's Testing Bill of Rights

http://www.intellectualcapital.com/issues/Issue255/item5670.asp The
Future of Standardized Testing by K. Daniel Glover Thursday, July 08,
1999 the issue of high-stakes tests that link students' performance
to grade promotion or college entrance and educators' performance to
their career futures once again is at the forefront of the debate.

OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS: A little note
to better understand Texas public schools by Don McLeroy Member,
Texas State Board of Education January 31, 2000 TAAS has turned
public school into state schools

STUDENTS SAY MATH TEST TAKES AWAY THEIR FUTURE
January 25, 2000 Arizona Republc Teachers criticize AIMS math test
http://www.azcentral.com/news/0125aims.shtml Some AIMS math questions
are ambiguous and tricky. Others have more than one correct answer.
Still other problems are impossible to figure out because of
convoluted wording. These criticisms came from an unlikely group at
Monday's Arizona Board of Education meeting -- teachers, some of whom
helped draft the math standards
z39\clipim\2000\31\aims\aims.html

ALABAMA TEST HELD UP - IT'S A CRASHING PLANE NOT A TRAIN WRECK
z39\clip\2000\01\altest.txt
http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/Jan2000/20-e357462b.html Birmingham
News January 21, 2000 Education lobbyist: Good to put off exam
01/20/2000 CHARLES J. DEAN News staff writer The chief lobbyist for
the Alabama Association of School Boards said Wednesday that in its
zeal for higher education standards, the state may have moved too
far, too fast. 

SCHOOLS FAIL THEIR CUSTOMERS THEN PUNISH THEM: KREMER
z39\clip\2000\01\taasfair.txt Date :01/20/2000 Author :Ed Carson
Copyright :Investor's Business Daily By Tyce Palmaffy Gary Orrfield,
Rob Kremer agree, dump TAAS for graduation requirement. Schools "fail
their customers," said Kremer, who spearheaded the push for charter
schools in Oregon, "and then the person who gets punished with the
stigma of not getting his diploma is the customer."

TAAS NOT A TOUGH TEST, PROGRESS IS BECAUSE TEST GOT EASIER
http://www.americanprospect.com/archives/V11-4/schrag.html American
Prospect 1/2000 Too Good to be True TAAS covers fairly simple
stuff—that the high school exit exam, for example, is at best a
minimum competency test pegged to a seventh- or eighth-grade level: A
passing grade is roughly equal to the 25th percentile on any standard
achievement test. It's hardly surprising therefore that close to 78
percent of 10th-graders this year passed it on the first try ... as
the TEA was reporting sharp improvements in TAAS reading scores, the
difficulty of the passages on the tests was going down
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CONSERVATIVES ATTACKING MICHIGAN TESTS AS OBE meap.txt FreeRepublic.com "A
Conservative News Forum" STANDARDIZED SCHOOL TESTS Published: January
15, 2000 Author: Jim Rarey MEDIUM RARE by Jim Rarey January 15, 2000
It (the test) tests attitudes, values and beliefs. She challenged,
"give me some justification why my child should write anything
personal on a state test." One of the essay questions on the test was
"whether affirmative action has been an effective way to obtain
justice."

IBM: LET'S KEEPING FLUNKING EVERYBODY!
http://www.usatoday.com/news/comment/ncguest1.htm Don't dumb down
education standards By Louis V. Gerstner [if everybody flunks, the
test is valid, work to make everybody pass]

The Mystique of Math and Science in
American Education and The Big Con in Education By Dennis W. Redovich
What is the rationale for high stakes testing in mathematics and
science for promotion and graduation in public elementary and
secondary schools? 


FUZZIES: SAY NO TO HIGH STAKES TESTS
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Rethinking Schools An Urban Education Journal Volume 14, No.1 Fall
1999 'No' Is the Right Answer A high school student explains why she
refused to take the state-mandated Massachusetts Comprehensive
Assessment Test Fall 1999 [The fuzzies reject the MCAS because it
will flunk progressive education, but that's ok, it's not consistent
with rank order traditional education either]

PORTLAND REJECTS HIGH STANDARDS FOR ALL
\clip\99\21\portland.txt Portland schools bucking standards trend The
team crafting the district strategic plan shifts from uniform skill
levels to individual achievement Tuesday, December 7, 1999 By Betsy
Hammond of The Oregonian staff Oregon's largest school district has
taken a big step toward rejecting the academic standards movement
that has swept Oregon and most of the nation in the 1990s. [instead
of all students mastering the highest levels] it wants to get each
student to make significant academic gains each year, based on past
performance and potential. 

NATIONAL REVOLT MAKES IT BIG: IBM DECRIES PUSHBACK More resisting
education reform Seattle Times Dec 6, 1999 Richard Whitmire Gannett
News Service The once sporadic resistance to education reforms,
especially high stakes testing is blossoming into a broader
rebellion. As parents protest, states have been forced to loer more
ambitious standards.  LA was going to hold back 50%, MA would flunk
80% of minorities, VA flunked 97% of schools. Wisc gov they "watered
it down" IBM Lou Gerstner calls ir "pushback".
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http://www.seattletimes.com/news/nation-world/html98/educ_19991206.html


FAIRTEST AGAINST HIGH STAKES TESTS \clip\99\21\fair.txt (They're also
against valid tests like the SAT, but it's a start)
http://www.fairtest.org/k12/High-stakes%20oped.html High-Stakes
Testing Flunks By Monty Neill Unlike other educational fads, this one
isn't just unproven; it has been tested and found to fail.  Monty
Neill, Ed.D., is executive director of the National Center for Fair &
Open Testing. This op-ed apperaed in USA Today September 7, 1999.

AZ's state superintendent and VA state super will be on ABC World News
TONIGHT (Dec. 6, 1999)  Topic: standards and assessments in response to
reports that the standards movement is dead. 

\clip\99\21\phony.txt Parents lead a retreat on testing By Charles J.
Sykes The New York Times 7 Dec 1999 So instead of sounding an alarm
about the need to change the way we teach our children, one state
after another is fudging the test. And a remarkable number of parents
have gone along.

END AIMS ABSURDITY http://www.azstarnet.com/public/dnews/1126CV1.html
Friday, 26 November 1999 End the AIMS absurdity or we'll end up with
a rash of dropouts By Ken Goodman Politicians have mandated a
high-stakes test to be a linchpin in enforcing arbitrary and poorly
considered standards. And any pupil who can't ultimately pass the
test will be deprived of a diploma at the conclusion of high school.
The writing test is the same for those who will be teachers of
writing, those who will be professional writers and those who need to
write as part of their everyday lives. University High can select
only the top achievers. Do we want to restrict high school diplomas
only to high achievers?

BLAMING PARENTS AND THE TEST FOR FAILURE \clip\99\20\sowell.txt
FAILURE AND FRAUD: Educators are experts at excuses Atlanta
Journal-Constitution -- Friday, November 12, 1999 Thomas Sowell "Some
school officials in New York City, stunned by the low scores,
suggested yesterday that they could only have come from
unrealistically difficult tests or a flawed scoring system."

Every province and state claims it is
setting "tough new standards," especially in math and English.  The
results: abject failure, demonstrating the total incompetence of our
progressive, child-centered learning system.   Jann Flury

Bercik / 99 The Washington Post February 20, 1999 J ENGLISH JOURNAL p. 121 
HIGH STAKES EXAMS THREATEN STUDENT TEACHING
Some school districts in Virginia are turning away student teachers in fear
that they might negatively affect standardized test scores. In Virginia, as
in many other states, schools with low test scores risk takeover by the
state. 

11/3/99 http://www.EducationNews.org for article links
Richmond Times-Dispatch School chiefs seek changes in SOL tests / 15
recommend exams not carry so much weight In a unified display of
discontent, more than a dozen school superintendents from Southwest
Virginia yesterday called for changes in the state's Standards of
Learning tests. 

PARENT GROUP FORMED TO KILL MCAS 
zip38\clip\99\20\mcasno.txt Cambridge parents pledge to end MCAS By
Andreae Downs, Globe Correspondent, 10/31/99 CAMBRIDGE - It may not
be the shot heard round the world, but parents here are hoping their
forum earlier this month will inspire parents around the state to an
MCAS revolt. To reach Cambridge Parents Against MCAS, call 441-0863,
or reach FairTest at 864-4810.

PEOPLE CONCLUDING MA ASSESSMENT IS BOGUS TO THE CORE
zip38\clip\99\20\mcasbalk.txt Daily Free Press (Boston University)
10/8/99 http://www.dfpress.com/frontpage/1008994.cfm MCAS’ role in
state education system raises questions, concerns Amy Margolius DFP
Staff When 11th-grader Megan French decided not to sit for 20 hours
of required testing last May, many people questioned her reasoning.
"I think the Board is admitting point blank that schools are not
ready," said Karen Hartke, Assessment Reform Network Coordinator for
FairTest, a Cambridge-based education reform advocacy group. 

PI ED REFORM IN TROUBLE BUT ITS STILL A GOOD IDEA
http://www.seattle-pi.com/opinion/trvk24.shtml
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(Cracks in the armour are appearing!)
\doc\web\99\15\oops.txt Oops, not so fast on education
accountability Seattle Post Intelligencer Oct 24, 1999 p.g2
proponents promised a brave new system with consequences..  the
cerytificate of mastery..  whatever acceptable levels might turn out
to be set after serrlement of still-ongoing arguments.. 
some proponents are heading for the exits

NATIONAL MOVEMENT FORMING AGAINST "HIGH STANDARDS"
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http://www.csmonitor.com/durable/1999/10/19/fp16s1-csm.shtml TUESDAY,
OCTOBER 19, 1999 LEARNING, K-12 If these are high standards, we don't
want them Marjorie Coeyman
http://www.csmonitor.com/durable/1999/10/19/fp17s1-csm.shtml Urban
parents protest 'unrealistic' standards

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HS JUNIORS TAKE TEST PROFESSIONAL WRITERS FLUNK Binghamton Press &
Sun-Bulletin Sunday, October 10,1999 Community Section, P 3B Teachers
and reporters find out Regents questions aren't kid stuff.  Jim
Wright, Chenango My editor thought it would be a good idea if I took
the same test that Norwich teachers did this week -derived from the
English Regents test high school juniors take. He said it would help
me, and you, understand what pressure teachers and students are
under.  I, on the other hand, flunked - and I'm telling you about it.
But I'm holding out hope: They were essay questions, and having grown
up in a farm town, I know all the best uses for bovine by-product.

link
IN SCHOOLS, OUR CHILDREN ARE BEING TRIED AS ADULTS
THE STANDARDS MOVEMENT HAS RUN AMOK
Gerald W. Bracey, Ph.D. 10/10/99

FROM http://www.EducationNews.org for article links
Dallas Morning News
Ex-students who failed TAAS say test didn't reflect teaching
SAN ANTONIO - Two former students suing the state over use of an exit-level
academic skills test have testified that the exam did not reflect what they
were taught in school.

San Antonio Express-News TAAS trouble cast pall on teen's future Her
singing awards loom large in her small apartment: a plaque for
Tejano, a prize for soprano, performance photographs lovingly framed.

see orlich

CURE COMES OUT AGAINST WASL
The great Test score scam Marda Kirkwood

SEATTLE 10TH GRADERS SKIP OUT OF WASL - DELIBERATE BOYCOTT?
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http://www.seattletimes.com/news/local/html98/test_19990915.html
September 15, 1999 Large amount of Seattle 10th-graders skipped
assessment test by Lynne K. Varner Seattle Times staff reporter
"About one-fourth of Seattle 10th-graders didn't take the reading
portion of the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) last
spring. Nearly one in five bailed on the math and listening portions.

zip36\clipim\99\09\02\crush\crush.htm GERALD BRACEY ATTACKS TESTING /
HIGH STANDARDS MANIA \clip\99\17\crush.txt
http://www.usatoday.com/news/comment/ncguest.htm USA Today 09/02/99
Children are crushed under expectations "What's your project?" asks
her mom, Sally.  "We get two choices," Hilary replies. "The first is
to build a working model of the Panama Canal."  "You're kidding,"
says Sally. "What's the second, make a relief map of the Andes?"
Participants in an e-mail discussion group mostly devoted to learned
exchanges about genetics and cosmology recently tried to solve an
eighth-grade problem from the Maryland test. People who speak
knowledgeably of alleles, the etiology of AIDS and the possibility of
God still cannot agree on the answer. Would that the people who
created these tests actually have to take them.  


8/20/99 Arizona Republic Bias suit threatens AIMS Arizona's new high
school graduation test may be in jeopardy because of a lawsuit begun
seven years ago by Nogales parents who say the state does not do
enough to educate Spanish-speaking children. School enrollment to
blossom Arizona's elementary and secondary schools will swell by
119,000 students over the next 10 years, ranking the state third in
the nation for enrollment growth, the U.S. Department of Education
said Thursday. 

\clip\99\16\testman.txt Teachers Magazine "Resisting Test Mania " The
use of "high-stakes" standardized tests as the primary tool of school
reform is sweeping the United States. .. this movement is fatally
flawed and will not fix our schools. Moreover, the obsession with
testing is actually undermining efforts to attain quality teaching
and learning in public schools.  by E. Wayne Ross Associate Professor
School of Education and Human Development SUNY Binghamton Parent Mary
O'Brien is encouraging them to "opt-out" their children from Ohio
Proficiency Tests. O'Brien and other activists were recently
successful in derailing a reading proficiency standard, imposed by
the legislature, that would have required 40,000 fourth-graders to
repeat a grade.  In Michigan the opt-out rate in some districts has
been as high as 95 percent. Last year, nearly a quarter of students
statewide did not take the Michigan Educational Assessment Program
tests.

CHICAGO STANDARDS-TESTING MANIA, HOLDING BACK WILL CREATE DROPOUTS
zip36\clip\99\16\twostep.txt Education Week
http://www.edweek.org/tm/vol-11/01chicago.h11 August-September 1999
Chicago Blues By Ben Joravsky 
Larry and thousands of other students who scored poorly on the Iowa
Tests of Basic Skills have been held back...in the new era of Chicago
hope, test scores hold the key to a child's fate.  City school
officials contend they're doing kids like Larry a favor by demanding
that they meet high standards. Larry symbolizes the danger of
Chicago's new directionMany kids will reject this blunt strategy to
shame them into learning, she says. Thousands will drop out rather
than be held back.  

OPPOSITION TO HIGH STAKES TESTING IS GROWING \clip\99\15\nytest.txt
New York Times; Aug. 4, 1999: Requiring Standard Tests for
Graduation: 2 Views "But while high-stakes tests are in fashion now,
many parents, students and teachers complain that there are just too
many of them. And some educators believe that students should not be
measured by the same standards, or held back for failing to meet
them.  "

VERMONT NEW STANARDS ASSESSMENT TIME CONSUMING, EXPENSIVE, UNRELIABLE
zip35\doc\web\99\10\assess.txt [Vermont] Valley News on July 20,
1999: SCHOOL BOARDS MUST SOMETIMES ASSESS THE ASSESSMENT TEST by
Margaret Cheney McNally Vermont's newly required assessments of
public school students may take too much time.  the Norwich Board
proposes asking the state a question: "Can performance be measured in
a less time-consuming way?"  Are the assessments cost-effective? Are
they reliable?  Last month ... some students had scored too high
because of inconsistencies in scoring techniques.

MA PARENTS HORRIFIED AT THREAT OF EVEN MORE TESTING
\clip\99\13\moretest.txt From the Boston Herald: Education boss eyes
broader MCAS exam by Darrell S. Pressley Wednesday, July 7, 1999 The
Bay State education chief wants to expand the controversial MCAS test
to include expansive student portfolios and challenging science
experiments.  "But parents said the Massachusetts Comprehensive
Assessment System already takes away too much class time, and any
expansion would hurt children and teachers.  "

TESTING RUBRICS ARE KILLING WRITING \clip\99\13\rubric.txt Phi Delta
Kapan May 1999 http://www.pdkintl.org/kappan/kmab9905.htm Writing to
the Rubric: Lingering Effects of Traditional Standardized Testing on
Direct Writing Assessment, by Linda Mabry "what has gone wrong when a
state-mandated performance assessment is threatening curriculum,
creating anxiety, and raising equity concerns?  ...I will argue that
rubrics have the power to undermine assessment. "

STAR CRITICS SAY GOAL RAISED TOO HIGH \clip\99\13\stan9.txt Stanford
9 drawing a chorus of criticism EDUCATION: Some, like Santa Ana
Superintendent Al Mijares, want to re-examine the test. But
supporters say it's doing its job. July 3, 1999 By DANIEL M.
WEINTRAUB The Orange County Register The test at the heart of Gov.
Gray Davis' new accountability program has lost the trust of many who
say the exam is so flawed the state ought to dump it and start again.

ONLY 34% OF N VA TEACHERS SUPPORT SOL VS 45% SAY DUMP IT
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/WPlate/1999-07/05/071l-070599-idx.html
Teachers Wary of New Exams Poll Finds Support For D.C. Program By
Victoria Benning Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, July 5, 1999;
Page A01 only 34 percent of the Northern Virginia teachers surveyed
said the state's Standards of Learning (SOL) testing program should
be continued in its current form, while 45 percent said it should be
abandoned and 21 percent said it should be continued but changed.

FAIRTEST JOINS PROTESTERS WHO BOYCOTT MCAS TEST www.edweek.org
6/2/1999 Education Week Student Protesters in Massachusetts Sit Out
State Exams By Kerry A. White When the second round of the
Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, or MCAS, was
administered beginning in April, some 215,000 4th, 8th, and 10th
graders took the tests. But in several areas, pockets of students sat
them out or waged protests.  Some students said they believed the
tests have come to dominate the education process. 

"MCAS is now determining education in Massachusetts, and it was never
intended to do that," argued Karen Hartke, a project director for the
National Center for Fair & Open Testing, or FairTest, a
Cambridge-based group that strongly opposes most standardized and
high-stakes testing.

MOVEMENT TO DUMP PROFICIENCY TESTS GATHERS STEAM "Standardized exams
coming under fire" USA Today June 11, 1999 p. 10A Students across the
nation are protesting and boycotting the wave of new state high
states "proficiency tests", calling them "proficiency madness".
Wisconsin legislators voted to delete funding for their graduation
test. New York city cancelled their citywide reading test for 2nd
graders after complaints of too much testing. A boycott of the MEAP
in Michigan reached 90% in some districts despite the promise of
tuition assisstance. "these tests really don't show an understanding
of what is being taught" [Of course, they've been deliberately
designed to test what hasn't been taught! And I thought I was the
only one who thought these tests were evil. Now if only people can
kill the rest of standards based education?] 27 states require a test
to graduatee, 4 others require them for grade promotion. 
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ILLINOIS PARENTS FILE LAWSUIT REMOVE TESTING REQUIREMENT FOR DISABLED
STUDENT clip\99\07\edclip06.txt State says lawsuit challenging ISTEP
is premature move By Barb Albert Indianapolis Star/News I NDIANAPOLIS
(March 2, 1999) -- The state said Monday that the lawsuit she and
three other parents of special education students filed over ISTEP
testing is premature.  The parents haven't exhausted all the
"remedies" available to allow their children who've failed ISTEP to
graduate from high school, a state attorney said in a Marion Superior
Court hearing. [When do we see parents of normal children filing
lawsuits when they start failing?]  Of the 11th-graders in special
education who took the test for a second time last fall, about
four-fifths of them failed. They have three more attempts to pass, or
they can seek a waiver.

\clip\99\05\edclip04.txt Blow up the TAAS?  By JOHN YOUNG, Waco
Tribune-Herald 2/8/99 Opinion page editor

\doc\web\99\01\ohtest.txt DESIGN OF MATH TEST ISN'T ADDING UP by
Betty Raskoff Kazmin (Forum/Opinion piece) The Columbus Dispatch, Jan
23,'99 * How reasonable is it for Ohio legislators to subject
schoolchildren to the law of unintended consequences? 
Senate Bill 55 decrees that fourth graders must pass a state reading test
to advance to fifth grade, beginning in 2001. More than half of Ohio's
fourth graders failed the reading test given last spring. 
*I did see the enormous collection of written public comments on the
math exam; they were overwhelmingly negative, and included: "I am
horrified by what this committee has deemed critical to survival and
productivity. I doubt the members of the State Board of Education
even comprehend what these concepts are." 

http://www.edweek.org/ew/current/19va.h18
\clip\99\03\vafail\vafail.htm Education Week Jan 20,1999 Massive
Failure Rates on New Tests Daze Va.  By Jessica Portner 
* Some are now saying that the low scores are forcing them to
question the credibility of the tests as a true measure of student
achievement. 


  • Eagle Forum Reform: Unfair to test 2 x 24 Traditional: unfair to test children before they've been taught what they've been tested on? BACKLASH STARTS IN BEST SCHOOLS WITH HIGH SCORES \clip\99\02\nytest2.txt New York Times January 18, 1999 New Reading Test Emerges Battered, but Triumphant By ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS The backlash against the new test began not with failing inner-city schools, but with some of the state's best schools -- in the affluent Westchester County suburb of Larchmont, for instance, and in middle-class neighborhoods like Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and Bayside, Queens. More than 80 and often more than 90 percent of their students passed the old test CONSERVATIVES GET RID OF AFFECTIVE RESPONSE QUESTIONS \doc\web\99\01\isat.txt Kane County Chronicle Thursday, January 7, 1999 PUT STATE TESTING OF ILLINOIS STUDENTS IN PERSPECTIVE by Dr. Sandra S. Wright In the original version of the test, developers included questions which allowed students to write their own answers to questions, in addition to the multiple choice questions. This would afford students an opportunity to explain what they know and what they are thinking. The legislators, however, were pressured by special interest groups to remove these items because, according to these small but poweruful groups, students should not be asked what they think or how they feel about what they have read. CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR CRITICIZES TESTING MADNESS \clip\92\02\badtest.txt TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 1999 Testing, testing, testing ... Amelia Newcomb (newcomba@csps.com ) Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor How do you improve student reading? How do you improve failing schools? Or measure a good teacher? These days, one answer predominates: Give a test. 97% FLUNK VA TEST, THREATENS CREDIBILIY OF TEST PROGRAM \clip\99\01\edclip09.txt 97 Percent Of Schools In Va. Fail New Exams Local Officials Say Results Are Worse Than Expected By Jay Mathews and Victoria Benning Washington Post Staff Writers Saturday, January 9, 1999; Page A01 More than 97 percent of Virginia's public schools have flunked the first round of the state's new student achievement tests, according to figures released yesterday -- a failure rate so high that some local school officials and parents say it threatens the credibility of the state's testing program. BOSTON GLOBE GIVES TEACHER, STUDENT TESTING AN F \clip\98\20\edclip05.txt LESSON PLAN Grade report on a year of tests, standards, and college costs By Beth Daley, Jordana Hart, and Kate Zernike, Globe Staff, 12/29/98 Testing students: F; graduation imperiled The acronymn struck fear into more than 200,000 fourth-, eighth-, and 10th-grade students: MCAS. And when the results came out early this month, fear turned to dismay as more than half of the students who took the test last spring scored poorly. Testing teachers: F; expulsion possible It was an embarrassment for Massachusetts teacher candidates and higher education institutions when results of the state's first teacher certification test were released in June. Close to 60 percent of candidates failed the two-part, eight-hour test. http://www.azcentral.com/news/education/1018aims.shtml Dinanne Cassidy wonders what's wrong when all states are flunking most of their students. Arthur Hu responds \clip\98\04\flunktes.txt San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday, February 15, 1998 FLUNKING THE TESTS by DEBRA J. SAUNDERS "trendy math -- write about math, but you don't have to be right about math" THE HOUSE killed funding for President Clinton's proposed national education tests this month by a 242-to-174 vote. While Education Secretary Richard Riley denounced the vote as a ``partisan attack'' on ``voluntary national tests,'' the issue isn't as simple as test supporters make it out to be. NEW TEST OFFERS NO BENEFITS, ONLY EMBARRASSMENT FOR COLLEGE-BOUND \clip\98\04\newscli.txt EdWeek 2/10/98 The Push for Accountability Gathers Steam By Lynn Olson Parents in one of Michigan's most affluent districts rebelled last year against a new high school proficiency test. Many refused to let their children take it, saying it offered no benefits--only the possibility of embarrassment--for college-bound students. BILL WOULD KILL KIRIS, UCLA SAYS TEST FLAWED, INVALID, START OVER AGAIN \clip\98\03\kirifail.txt 1/24/98 Lexington Herald Leader Lawmakers struggle to save KIRIS test from outright ban By Linda B. Blackford HERALD-LEADER EDUCATION WRITER "To change the assessment now would be a radical mistake." [the test IS a radical mistake!] Sen. Gex "Jay" Williams, R-Verona has Senate Bill 113 would suspend the test for a year and replace it with a standardized test @@Opinion z68\clip\2003\07\consabus.txt http://www.educationnews.org/The-Constitutional-Abuse-Of-High-Stakes-Testing-Part-I.htm The Constitutional Abuse Of High-Stakes Testing: Part I By GEORGE SCOTT Senior Editorial Writer * wrong to put studnet with 4th grade level skills in 8th grade curriculum. * criterion testing that measures true grade level skills in reading and math must be embraced and demanded by minority leadership. * A student who has the courage and determination to stay enrolled in public education through the senior year while successfully completing the graduation requirements of a district should be rewarded with a high school diploma – not butt-kicked to the street. @@Teacher OHIO TEACHER ON ANTI-TEST SICK-OUT z45\clip\2000\10\teacprot.txt Toeldo Blade October 21, 2000 Tests make proficiency protester ill by Roberta de Boer This spring, Mitch Balonek made headlines by prohibiting his honors-student high school daughter from taking a state-required proficiency test. Now he's at it again - this time as a teacher. @@Too High INVALID: HIGH SCORING STUDENTS ARE ALL OVER MCAS http://www.edweek.org/sreports/qc01/articles/qc01story.cfm?slug=17bar.h20 How High the Bar? By Debra Viadero Worsley noticed that one 8th grader who was rated "advanced" on mathematics on the Stanford Achievement Test-9th Edition, the nationally normed test that Holliston students ordinarily took, fell into the "failure" category on the math portion of the state exam. In all, 35 percent of the school system's 8th graders had achieved advanced status on the Stanford-9. Yet, a few months later, only 3 percent of the same group of students had earned the same label on the state test. "The problem was that students scoring at advanced levels on the comparison tests wound up in all four categories on the MCAS much as Worsley's students did." Massachusetts policymakers used a performance-level-setting procedure known as the "booklet classification" method. Virginia—which has also set its academic goals high—relied on a 30-year-old method known as the "Modified Angoff" "There's an axiom that if your constituents can't meet a requirement, you'd better not pass it into law," says Treisman o