I ran across this article today, which led me to this one about principals in New York state banding together against standardized testing. Well worth reading.
I’m an educational researcher – I know the value of a good diagnostic exam. Things like the Force Concept Inventory are invaluable to researchers. I also know that state education tests, SATs, ACTs, and so forth are not diagnostic, neither in their design nor in the use of their data. I very much support principals who are trying to get their schools out from the straightjacket of state tests. I’ll write a whole big thing about this some day, but the short version is this:
Support your local principal.
Write letters to your representative.
Write letters to the school.
Send e-mails to your school board.
Make it a big deal.