On February 19, 2015, The Onion reported: “WASHINGTON—Citing the need to measure student achievement as its top priority, the U.S. Department of Education launched a new initiative Thursday to replace the nation’s entire K-12 curriculum with a single standardized test. . .
“By administering one uniform test to our nation’s 50 million students, we can ensure that every child is evaluated by the exact same standard, regardless of background, age, or grade level,” said Education Secretary Arne Duncan, explaining that students will be able to take the test at any time between age 5 and 18. “It’s absolutely crucial for us to know where our kids stand, and eliminating the teaching model will provide us with the most affordable and efficient means of measuring student proficiency.”
Once again, until the Federal government Constitutionally guarantees every child in America the right to a free and public excellent education, they have no right to mandate testing.
Secretary Duncan wants to eliminate the “teaching model”, in favor of the testing model.
This is simply another distraction from the necessity to change the language of education by concentrating on insuring the profits of Pearson. 50 million tests multiplied by the cost of each test, $15.00, equals huge profits for Pearson though the test will only be given once a year.
Because there is a backlash against testing and Pearson is paid per student for taking their tests, should nationwide testing be abandoned altogether in favor of teacher, or even LEA created evaluations, Pearson would stand to loose billions in educational dollars. Placating the public by agreeing to test our children once a year to see if they are on track to becoming a “middle class” member of their working force is not “the most affordable and efficient means of measuring student proficiency” it simply insures the profits of the “hedgehogs”.
Our children are not exactly the same at any age or on any level and they should not be standardized to become so.
Our children deserve a system of education that concentrates on their gifts and talents.
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