The push to stop kids from taking tests that measure their annual progress threatens to increase the already troubling disparities in our public education system.
Parents who want to hold the school system accountable — and especially my fellow parents of children of color — should raise their voices in opposition to the heads-in-the-sand brigades...
If we don’t measure whether kids are learning, we’re blinding ourselves to what works and what doesn’t in education. I stand with the 20 or so civil rights groups — who stand with President Obama, Gov. Cuomo and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan — supporting strong accountability measures so that the students across town can have as much access to higher education as the students in my zip code.
Everything I have been able to achieve in my life can be traced to the strong public education I got growing up. For me, opting in was the great equalizer that set me on a different path from far too many people I know and love.She could just as easily have been pointing to New Jersey. Legislators should pay attention.
Labels: Legislature, NJEA, PARCC, SOS-NJ, standardized testing