Cy-Fair Superintendant: Tying high-stakes tests to teachers is harmful

Source: Houston Chronicle Outlook Author: Mark Henry, superintendent of the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District Date: June 7, 2014 STAAR is a diagnostic tool; the process of learning is more than just taking state exams Later this year, the Texas Education Agency will begin piloting the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System, a program tying standardized test scores to… More Cy-Fair Superintendant: Tying high-stakes tests to teachers is harmful

In New Orleans, major school district closes traditional public schools for good

Source: The Washington PostPosted by: Lyndsey LaytonDate: May 28, 2014 NEW ORLEANS — The second-graders paraded to the Dumpster in the rear parking lot, where they chucked boxes of old worksheets, notebooks and other detritus into the trash, emptying their school for good. Benjamin Banneker Elementary closed Wednesday as New Orleans’s Recovery School District permanently shuttered its last… More In New Orleans, major school district closes traditional public schools for good

Tennessee tied teachers’ jobs to standardized test scores. Here’s how they pushed back—and won.

Source: Yes MagazinePosted by: Molly RuskDate: May 30, 2014 What if a surgeon’s medical license could be taken away based on an error-prone statistical formula that ranked his abilities on a scale of 1 to 5, based on the success (or failure) of a small number of the operations he performed? Or imagine if a lawyer… More Tennessee tied teachers’ jobs to standardized test scores. Here’s how they pushed back—and won.

Rally: Real Values for Texas

When: Wednesday, May 21st @ 3:30pmWhere: Nathaniel Q. Henderson Elementary School. 701 Solo St, Houston, 77020 Join the rally to support a fair system where all property owners – not just homeowners and renters – pay property taxes on the real values of their properties and do their part to support schools, kids, and communities. Statewide, large commercial owners’ manipulation… More Rally: Real Values for Texas

How one organization is resisting corporate education by getting more people to opt out of high-stakes tests

Source: AlterNetPosted by: Roshan BlissDate: April 12, 2014 “Without the testing, there is no profit to be made.” Late last month, over 100 teachers, students, and parents from across the country gathered in Denver for the United Opt Out National Spring Action, a conference aimed at growing the resistance to corporate education reform and high stakes standardized testing… More How one organization is resisting corporate education by getting more people to opt out of high-stakes tests

Reports: High stakes testing hurts education

Source: FairTest: The National Center for Fair and Open Testing Evidence continues to mount demonstrating that high-stakes testing undermines, rather than enhances, efforts to improve education for all children. The picture that emerges from several studies is of a nation severely hurting its educational system while failing to provide help to schools that need it,… More Reports: High stakes testing hurts education