By adding an end of the year assessment for students in every grade at every level, as the Regents are now calling for by the 2014-2015 year for grades 3-11.
Notice that ALL of this was brought to us by President Obama and Arne Duncan.
Change we can believe in.
Would you have voted for Hopey/Changey had you known he was going to promote a policy that would implement standardized tests in every grade at every level, then use those scores to "assess" whether teachers had "added value" to their students' scores from one year to the next and fire the teachers who wind up at the bottom of the "value-added list" after publishing all the names in the newspapers?
I KNOW I wouldn't have.
I have never regretted a vote for a politician the way I have regretted my vote for Obama.
The change this man has brought will harm public education for a long, long time.
Do they really think adding all these high-stakes "assessments will not bring very simple consequences: more teaching to the test, more reductive curriculum, more regimented, top-down, one-size-fits-all teaching and more cheating?
I will say again, I think they DO realize this.
The ed reform being performed by the Obama administration and other ed deform politicians at the state and local levels has NOTHING to do with improving education.
It has EVERYTHING to do with blowing up the system as it exists, replacing it with some smaller privatized alternatives (e.g., small for-profit charter systems), adding lots of "online instruction" in the next few years to save millions in school and labor costs, and firing hundreds of thousands of veteran teachers and de-professionalizing teaching so that any 22 year old with a BA can be shoved in front of a classroom to read the "teaching script."
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