“In order to understand the concerns around overtesting, the commissioner is going to have to listen. He’s going to need to listen to students like Board of Education student representative Donald Willyard, who reported at the meeting that students at his school had already spent the better part of a week taking a practice test. He’ll need to listen to students as young as kindergartners who know that they dare not make noise at recess, or sing during music class, or applaud a classmate’s presentation during MCAS time. He’ll need to hear from students whose language abilities do not match their math abilities, yet who are assessed in a language not native to them. He’ll need to listen to students who have fewer field trips, less recess time, less developmentally appropriate activities, all due to the almighty MCAS.” Click here for full Worcester Telegram article. → Read More
Congressman Michael Capuano
with Senator Pat Jehlen and CPS’s Lisa Guisbond
“With Test Resistance Rising Nationwide, What’s Next for Federal Education Policy?”
Citizens for Public Schools, along with teachers, parents, and other community members, is launching a statewide campaign to roll back high-stakes testing in Massachusetts.
- hold forums and other actions this fall,
- settle on specific demands over the next few months,
- present them to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the legislature.
CPS’s June 2013 report, Twenty Years After Education Reform: Choosing a Path Forward To Equity and Excellence For All, includes a chapter devoted to the facts on charter schools in Massachusetts. Click here to download the full report. (See Chapter 4 for information on charter schools.) Click here to download the executive summary. → Read More