Stand up and support the1st grade teachers in Oklahoma who refuse to test their students for hours as mandated by the Obama DOE and its gestapo bureaucrat boss, Arne Duncan.
The first-grade teachers at Skelly Elementary in Tulsa, Oklahoma, sent a letter home to parents to describe the over testing of their children.
They explained their professional qualifications, then listed the many tests the children are expected to take, stealing time from instruction.
Unfortunately, in the recent years, the mandates have gradually squelched the creativity and learning from our classrooms. The problem is that we are having to spend WAY too much time on formal assessments. All of the testing is required and some of it is classified as High Stakes Testing (HST). A high-stakes test is any test used to make important decisions about students, educators, schools, or districts, most commonly for the purpose of accountability—i.e., the attempt by federal, state, or local government agencies and school administrators to ensure that students are enrolled in effective schools and being taught by effective teachers. In general, “high stakes” means that…
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