New America Media: High Stakes Testing is Toxic

Check out this article after Lily’s conversation with ethnic media in Los Angeles:

At a briefing for ethnic media in Los Angeles, Lily Eskelsen García acknowledged the challenges ahead of her. “What we’re up against,” she said, “are people who use good words like reform, and accountability, and progress.” But their real meaning will be to “narrow what it means to teach a child to fit on a standardized test.”

Eskelsen García believes the push toward high stakes testing and efforts to measure teacher performance on how well students do on these tests is “poisoning what it means to teach and learn in this country.” She points to Texas, where she says teacher salaries have been determined by test results, leading many to artificially inflate scores. In Oklahoma, some 8000 third graders were held back because they failed to “hit a cut score that some politician decided meant something.”

Eskelsen García described such practices as “toxic.”

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6 Responses to “New America Media: High Stakes Testing is Toxic”

  1. Ricardo Abreu

    Lily Eskelsen García believes high stakes testing is toxic. That is wonderful. And what does she plan to do about it. That what I had hoped this article was about.

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  2. Ricardo Abreu

    Lily Eskelsen García believes high stakes testing is toxic. That is wonderful. And what does she plan to do about it? That’s what I had hoped this article was about.

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  3. Bev Iris

    Fabulous that you agree the current state of testing is toxic! What is your plan for fixing this mess?

    Bev

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  4. Emma

    How true! Children are tested to the max today. In all honesty, there is hardly time to teach between tests. As for rewarding teachers with great scores, what happens when the top students are not distributed fairly? It’s time to let teachers teach so students can learn!

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  5. Karl Wheatley

    I assume she plans on working to end high-stakes testing, or to reduce it dramatically.

    As a researcher and teacher educator who spent the last decade studying the damage caused by high-stakes testing–and speaking out against test-driven schooling–I certainly plan to continue helping in this important effort. I assume others who have seen the harm that is being done by high-stakes testing will speak out and help out too.

    The damage high-stakes testing has done to early childhood education (PK-3) is simply unbelievable.

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  6. Yvonne N. Baicich

    Our county, this school year, has decided to give all grades, K-12, a PE pre-test and post-test. Kindergarteners are expected to read questions and bubble in the answers. Not only is this absurd – oh, maybe because they draw pictures and tell each other the answers – but also the questions are ridiculous for them to know. It is so exciting to find out what a new year will bring in testing. So, what are our PE teachers going to be teaching all year – what is on the test, of course. Yvonne ynbaicich@hotmail.com

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