Open Letter to Parents on Michigan’s “Testing Season”

Open Letter to Parents on Michigan’s “Testing Season”
by David Britten
Spring break is coming up and warmer days are ahead. Unfortunately, this time of year state-mandated tests bloom about as rapidly as the wildflowers. As you might guess, I do not support the growing regime of testing that has come to define public schools and learning every since President Bush forced through his No Child Left Behind (NCLB) act. President Obama poured gasoline on this fire when he used his Race to the Top initiative to force states into more rigorous but narrow curriculum and testing. In Michigan, our legislature has been up and down, in and out about our curriculum and requirements for testing leading to frustration and a substantial waste of our children’s classroom learning time. —READ THE FULL BLOG POST HERE – https://rebel6.wordpress.com/2017/03/24/open-letter-to-parents-on-michigans-testing-season/

Superintendent's Notes

Spring break is coming up and warmer days are ahead. Unfortunately, this time of year state-mandated tests bloom about as rapidly as the wildflowers. As you might guess, I do not support the growing regimen of testing that has come to define public schools and learning ever since President George W. Bush forced through his No Child Left Behind (NCLB) act. President Barack Obama poured gasoline on this fire when he used his Race to the Top initiative to force states into more rigorous but narrow curriculum and testing, and ranking schools from Top to Bottom as a result. In Michigan, our legislature has been up and down, in and out about our curriculum and requirements for testing leading to frustration and a substantial waste of our children’s classroom learning time.

Sir Richard Livingstone (1880-1960), a wise and learned British educator, found the whole enterprise of testing requirements forced…

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