THE TYRANNY OF TESTING:
TIME TO TEX-IT FROM TESTING!
David Cameron put his credibility behind keeping the UK in the European Union. He lost the vote: he has announced he will resign.
When will Commissioner Morath resign? Will he be fired? What about the other TEA officials who approved the ETS contract?
Congratulations to Patrick Michels for another strong piece of reportage on behalf of Texas children and their education. We've had more than 20 years of standardized-test-based "accountability," and many of us have documented its harmful effects on children, teachers, the quality of instruction, the possibilities for children's learning and the very survival of the public's schools -- with no academic improvement or equity to show for the billions spent on testing. After reading Patrick Michels' listing of fraud, failures and folly in this year's test fiascos, Texas taxpayers will say, Enough! It's time to "exit" this system!
Michels' next article needs to be a list of the names and faces of everyone involved in this scam, along with the dollar amount ETS has to refund to Texas taxpayers. ETS also needs to compensate local school districts -- with interest -- for their additional costs in staff time and dollars.
Then Texas must scrap the "accountability" system. It cannot be justified. Period.