And The Beat Goes On

From the Federal Register:

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS 2019) Field Test Recruitment and Pilot Test

“The United States will participate in TIMSS 2019 to continue to monitor the progress of its students compared to that of other nations and to provide data on factors that may influence student achievement. New in 2019, TIMSS will be a technology-based assessment conducted in an electronic format. . .

In preparation for the TIMSS 2019 main study, in April 2017, U.S. will participate in a pilot study to assist in the development of eTIMSS and, in March through April 2018, in a field test to evaluate new assessment items and background questions. . .

This submission is to conduct the TIMSS 2019 pilot test and to begin recruitment of schools, teachers, and students for the field test study. . .”

Regardless of who the sitting president is or will be, education in America will continue to feed the “hedgehogs” our children’s educational dollars and future.

The government will assume the cost of running a pilot test, field test, and personnel recruitment for the test as well as the cost of administering the test. The testing companies assume no liability but accept all profits.

“Neither U.S. fourth- and eighth-graders showed any detectable change in science achievement in 2007 compared to 1995.” National Center for Education Statistics

A 2011 report states, “Eighth-graders’ average scores held steady in both mathematics and science since the last TIMSS administration in 2007, as did fourth-graders’ average scores in science.” NCES

For sixteen years the results of these tests have proven that little has changed in the achievement of our children yet we continue to waste valuable education dollars supporting this testing.

The current expenditure per student is projected at $11,600 for the 2016–17 school year. In 1995 the average cost was $6,147.

While costs have doubled, student success has remained unchanged.

When we prepare our children to succeed in life they will pass whatever test they encounter.

When we prepare our children to pass a test, they fail to succeed in life.

Join the Movement to Save Our Children!

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