"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Friday, November 07, 2014

Philadelphia to Hold Hearings on Costs of High Stakes Standardized Testing

Something is terribly wrong in the City of Brotherly Love and cities across this country that continue to spend billions on high stakes standardized tests that do absolutely nothing to educate and protect the next generation. High stakes testing is a toxic policy and like pollution, is ultimately unsustainable. The question now is how much longer will this hoax on the American public continue.  

Can this be the beginning of the end this education nightmare that has been plaguing our nation's public schools and has left so many children behind and ignorant. So ignorant that people are now voting for Republicans who refuse to raise the minimum wage and at the same time pass referendums to raise the minimum wage. The stupidity never fails to amaze.

From the Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools

High-stakes standardized tests: what are they costing us?
A public hearing before Philadelphia City Council’s Education Committee The Honorable Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell, Chair
Save the Date
Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 3-5pm Philadelphia City Council Chambers, Room 400, 4th Floor City Hall, 1401 JFK Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19107 *Enter at the NE Corner, Bring Photo ID

Educators, parents, students and policy experts share their perspectives on how standardized tests like PSSAs and Keystones are changing teaching and learning in Philadelphia, its suburbs, and beyond.
Bring a sign, bring a friend, and fill City Council chambers with people who believe in educating the whole child. Society shouldn’t label and sort children using an increasingly toxic standardized testing regimen. Please attend this hearing. Our children need us to speak out.

APPS is a grassroots organization of parents, community members, and school professionals who continue to fight for equity in education and against oppressive testing. We extend our thanks to Councilman Mark Squilla for introducing the resolution calling for hearings on testing and for his long-standing support of Philadelphia’s public schools. For questions about the hearing contact Lisa Haver at philaapps@gmail.com. For information on Opt Out / Test Refusal contact Alison McDowell at optoutphilly@gmail.com.
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