Wisconsin calls not to expand testing for ESEA

To: People Concerned With Excessive Testing in Wisconsin
From: Bob Peterson, Coalition for Responsible Assessment
Date: May 9, 2002
RE: Important hearings on ESEA implementation and TESTING in Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is going to release its
draft "Consolidated State Plan" required under the Federal Elementary and
Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and is holding public hearings on May 14

Time Magazine: Getting Testy over Tests,9485,1101020610,00.html
from Time magazine, June 7, 2002

Editorial: Don't teach to the test

New federal mandates ignore music, art, social studies and critical-thinking skills.
By Register Editorial Board

It's all about the test now.

No Teacher Will Be Left Standing

Deseret News (Salt Lake City) -- October 28, 2003
by Doug Robinson

Today's column: Trying to understand the federal government's No Child
Left Behind law.

Or, as educators fondly call it, No Child Left Untested. Or, No Teacher
Left Standing. Or, No Child Left. Or, No Child's Behind Left.

I hope you picked up the sarcasm. If there's one thing that makes a
teacher madder than a kid with a spitball, it's this Alice-in-Wonderland

Bush Test Expansion Scheme Will Leave More Children Behind, Dumb Down Educational Quality

For further information: Dr. Monty Neill (857) 350-8207 or Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773

For immediate release Friday, September 3, 2004

Education Week: At 4, NCLB Gets Praise and Fresh Call to Amend It

Education Week, January 18, 2006

By Andrew Trotter and Michelle R. Davis

A coalition of school, civil rights, and child-advocacy groups handed a list of 14 recommendations for changing the federal No Child Left Behind Act to congressional staff members at the U.S. Capitol last week, just a day after President Bush vigorously defended the law on its fourth anniversary.

Statement of FairTest in Reaction to Pres. Bush Signing "Leave No Child Behind Act"

for further information:
Monty Neill (857) 350-8207
Bob Schaeffer (941) 395-6773

for immediate release January 7, 2002

Minimum Revisions Needed to Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Testing and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Provisions


Revisions are needed to the ESEA legislation now in Conference Committee in order to help strengthen the effort to improve schools' capacity to educate all children well by avoiding the dangers of too much testing, unrealistic adequate yearly progress mandates, and unfeasible "corrections" and sanctions. FairTest recommends that the Conference Committee adopt the following changes:

Issues and Arguments on Bush Testing Plan

Essential test-related elements of Bush plan: The proposals will be part of the reauthorization of ESEA (which includes Title I). States required to test all students in grades 3-8 in reading and math to measure students and schools, with reporting on progress for “disadvantaged” as well as all students. Sanctions for failure to improve include vouchers. Significant progress on state tests yields rewards for schools, with National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) to be the measure of state progress.

Impact of ESEA on Massachusetts

The new federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) will put all schools whose students have not made "adequate yearly progress" (AYP) on state assessments into a "needs improvement" category and then if AYP is still not met enact a series of sanctions that can culminate in firing staff, state takeover, turning it over to private management, or making it a charter. (For details, see materials here as well as selected articles in FairTest Examiner.)
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