I haven’t been on this blog in a long time – my other one (Engaged Intellectuals) takes up most of the “spare time” I have for blogging.
But some folks keep stopping by this one looking for ways to stop the testing madness – or ways to pull their kids out of tests without facing legal ramifications. I wish I had the energy to keep up this blog – so many people need a place to share stories, vent, and find support to try to change things.
For the latest commenter:
I’m so sorry your 5th grader hates school now because of the FIVE POINTS that kept him from passing the test. You are like so many other parents struggling with this, it is incredibly painful and makes you feel helpless as a parent when an institution takes control over our lives like this – and our kids are paying such a huge price. There are processes that schools are supposed to follow when a child fails to pass the test, including holding a parent/teacher/principal meeting to discuss whether or not it makes sense to retain the child in the same grade or move forward with a strong plan to give them the academic support they need in the next grade. In other words, failing the test is not supposed to mean an “automatic” failing of the grade. There should be some serious conversations, and schools should be able to show how they are going to better meet the needs of your child in the future, whether in the same grade or in the next grade.
Check out EmpowerED Georgia – an organization of parents, educators, and concerned citizens about public education in Georgia.
And the National Center for Fair and Open Testing for important information and research against all this testing madness.
And send emails and letters to all the people you can who make policies in the state of Georgia.
Tell your personal story – tell them that these horrible testing policies are killing kids’ interest in school and formal learning, tell them about how these testing practices in school are creating conflict and hardship in your home for your family. Tell them everything you are experiencing, because you are not alone, you’re just one of the ones who happened to comment on a blog about testing. Others are looking in other places, telling their friends, crying on their own at home, and wondering what they can do to help their kids.
Maybe your child can write letters to – put their frustration and feelings of unfairness in words to their legislators. This can be a great educational experience too, they can learn about the General Assembly, learn about how policies work and how they impact citizens’ every day lives, and learn that they at least have a voice to speak out against policies that are counterproductive, or even damaging, to the citizens of Georgia.
And let me know what happens.