Stop Ohio Proficiency Tests!
We Need Authentic
We believe that children should not be judged on
alone for such high stakes events as being promoted to the
next grade, or for graduation.
We believe that Authentic Assessments, not High-Stakes
Standardized Tests, are more appropriate to determine how a
child is learning, and what a child has learned. Authentic
Assessments are also more appropriate to understand why a
child may be struggling.
Things to consider:
- Children are born ready to learn.
- Learning is developmental.
- Learning occurs naturally when it has context and
purpose for the learner.
- When the material being taught is not meaningful for the
learner, the learner will not fully understand the
- Over-reliance on testing promotes learning snippets
of facts, and also promotes an aversion to digging deeper into a particular
- Authentic Assessment allows
teachers and parents to see how a student understands and
uses a concept in context.
Not sure about what the fuss about testing is all about? Please read
of common questions about High-Stakes Tests (adapted
from the FAQ at FairTest).
Please, come into our
website, and learn more about the things taking place in the
name of education. Agree? Disagree? Get
involved and let your voice be heard.
This site has an incredible
amount of links, against, for, and about testing and much
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High-Stakes Tests in Ohio)
Additional Resources (many places in which to learn more about
Considerations about learning
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feel about high stakes testing.
Authentic Assessment (what
it is, and why we should look at including it in the
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World of Opportunity
Students who get pushed out of the system find
another way to make it.
Alternative Education Resource Organization (AER0)
2006 Conference. June 29th - July 2nd
Alternatives: Finding Our Commonalities and Celebrating Our
"The AERO Conference '06,
"Educational Alternatives: Finding Our Commonalities
& Celebrating Our Differences" will attempt to bring
together and connect many of the educational alternatives in
North America and abroad."
Early Bird Registration Ends March 1st.
Rates increase March 2nd.
Have a conference or other event you'd like to have
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For current articles about atrocities in education
and testing, please also see Susan
Ohanian's website. She gathers news from all over the
United States. Do a Search on your state, or on a
Two Viewpoints Teach For America
of Teach for America on Students
SECTQ (Southeast Center for Teaching
to Teach for America Study
New York City Mayor Bloomberg knows how to get the votes he
wants for the newest education initiative (retention for any
3rd grader who fails The Test) -- He Dismissed
Also, see here.
Look at these Bills to Reform
No Child Left Behind (NCLB). What do you think?
Write your congressperson!
Please submit any URL of an article
you think is appropriate and needs to be shared. This
will rotate as new articles are brought to our
Errors Highlight Test's Imperfections. This article
asks..."Just how much risk of error is tolerable when
students' futures are at stake?" March 11,
Special Series: Flunking
the Test, Dayton Daily News (You must
"sign in" to read article, user name and e-mail
address, and password.)
Balanced School Accountability Model: An Alternative to
High-Stakes Testing" Phi Delta Kappan, 2004
"Must Know" Facts about Educational Testing"
National PTA Website.
Retention and Social Promotion: Wrightslaw,
a group which provides "accurate, up-to-date information
about special education law and advocacy for children with
disabilities" has compiled several articles
and links from several organizations about retention. As
well, they have compiled a High-Stakes
Testing Flyer with many resources listed.
High Stakes Tests (National study which mentions Toledo
and Fairfield Ohio), 2003
Left Behind By Exit Exams -- Article which includes Ohio
Commentary on Ohio's Proficiency Tests (old
site, but much information about Ohio's tests here)
Test to be given to Ohio high school students.
David L. Brennan about Cleveland Schools. (Things
to consider.... Are our children "products"? Can
education truly become a "profit-making
enterprise?" What is the bottom line in such
institutions -- life-long learners (students who are vested in
learning throughout their lives), or the
"profitability" of the
which is a monthly investigative newspaper devoted to
in-depth reporting on the major issues facing public
education. Reporters are people who once are (or were)
in the system, teachers, parents or other workers.
from a parent in support of testing.
A research paper on the Social
Implications of North Carolina's Accountability Program. (PDF)
articles about the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment
Information about MCAS
Testing and Its Victims" Alfie Kohn in Education
Week, September, 2000 (see other articles by Alfie here)
Stakes Tests: The Dog Ate Our Common Sense" -- Orlando
Sentinel, May 2003
Study Debunks High Stakes Tests as Way to Improve Public
Schools" -- The Resistance, January 2003
of State Testing Programs on Elementary Schools with High
Concentration of Student Poverty -- Good New or Bad News?
-- Current Issues in Education, Vol. 6 2003
hung the most dimwitted essays on the wall" -- Salon,
tests erode rather than enhance education, says psychology
One Teacher's Opinion
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