Testimony: Call for a Moratorium on the Consequences of High Stakes Testing

Donna M. Chiera Senate Education testimony, May 18
Donna M. Chiera Senate Education testimony, May 18

Parents, students, community members and educators continue to stand up against the trend of standardized testing increasingly driving education policies and practices. They are rejecting the concept of the disastrous “shame, blame, test and punish” accountability system that is dismantling the teaching and learning process. Disbelief and outrage was expressed when it was learned publishing companies are “spying” on students without any prior notification to the school systems, parents or students. We have witnessed an increase in parents protesting the number of hours schools spend on test prepping and test taking rather than teaching. This movement has grown as more required assessments and district level benchmarks have been implemented.

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