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Making a Case Against High Stakes Testing

by Alfonso Gonzalez on January 21st, 2011

What if you had the chance to speak to your state’s legislators and help them understand some of the finer points of why high stakes standardized testing, especially when your state doesn’t even have a handle on which test are aligned to which set of standards, just isn’t a good idea? Well, one of our high school teachers did just that and I am lucky as heck to get to work with her because she’s in my Science PLC. Our Biology and Chemistry teacher, Maren Johnson (@maren_johnson) wrote a letter to our state superintendent of public instruction explaining some glaring problems with the state’s plan for Science testing. She was able to follow through and here’s her testimony to the Washington State House Committee on Assessment (she will be speaking to the Senate on the same subject next week). Maren makes a great case and does Science proud! All I could say was, “AWESOME!” It’s so cool to see how one person can make a difference. Way to go, Maren!

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