AIMS Press Release

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Regents Exam Review Panel ELA

Regents Exam Review Panel
English Language Arts
Report of Proceedings
Hosted by Rockefeller Foundation
June 7, 2001

A panel of eight writers and university faculty met on June
7, 2001, under the auspices of the Rockefeller Foundation, to
review and discuss the English Language Arts (ELA) Regents exam.
As writers and as teachers of college students, we had certain
expectations of such an exam:

NAEP Reading Scores Show Testing Mania Fails to Improve Learning; Education Quality Undermined for Low-Income, Minority Children

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

for immediate release, Friday, April 6, 2001


Boston Parents Say No to the MCAS

Monday, April 9, 2001

CONTACT: Eleanor LeCain (617) 983-3436 or
Peggy Wiesenberg (617) 624-5220 (day); (617) 524-5405 (evening)

California Teachers Association Statement - March 2001

The California Teachers Association adopted the following statement at the State Council meeting of March 24-25, 2001. This statement was the work of several Council committees and was adopted with the support of the executive officers.

The three paragraphs of rationale are all based on existing CTA policy. The thirteen bullets lay out a legislative agenda.

Massachuetts Teacher Association Statement

Massachuetts Teacher Association

Testing Plus Real Accountability with Real Results

As we enter into a national debate on school improvement and greater public school accountability with a heavy emphasis on testing, educators are concerned that a solitary focus on testing ignores important opportunities to help all students achieve at high levels. Overreliance on testing could have the unintended consequence of hurting more than helping.

Student Poem:

Standardized Minds
By Niles Xi-An Lichtenstein, Youth Speaks

How can we walk straight
When our backs are bent into boxes
How can we stand
When standards overshadow the individuals
How can we create
locked down behind wooden desks
As future fates rest on the restricted breath of a number two
pencil tip
So the clock ticks with the hands of Master America
Stitching together a society
Hemming in divisions and weaving in stratification

Oakland Education Association Statement

PASSED 6/1/00 BY OEA [Oakland CA Education Association] EXECUTIVE BOARD

Whereas standardized tests such as the Stanford 9 do not address the huge economic, social, cultural, and language disparities among the state1s student population, and;

Whereas these norm referenced tests are formulated to ensure 50% of test takers score below the 50th percentile, and;

Whereas the Stanford 9 is not aligned with the California State Standards nor with the curriculum, and;

Droppout Numbers in Boston Public Schools 1996-2000

Droppout Numbers in Boston Public


* Students who drop out of Boston's middle
grades make up an increasing proportion of all middle grades
dropouts in Massachusetts. In 1995-96, one fifth (20.2%) of
the state's middle grades dropouts came from Boston. In 1999-2000,
almost three fifths (58.2%) of the state's middle grades dropouts

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