Choose to Refuse: Busting PARCC Myths

When: 

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Where: 

Stanton Park
618 W. Scott
Chicago, IL
United States

Raise Your Hand and More than a Score invite you to an informational session on the PARCC test being rolled out for CPS students on March 9.

 

Location

Stanton Park
618 W. Scott
Chicago, IL
United States

Choose to Refuse: PARCC, opt out and taking action on standardized testing (19th Ward)

When: 

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Where: 

Mt. Greenwood Park
3721 W. 111th Street
Chicago, IL
United States

19th Ward CPS Parents, Raise Your Hand and More Than a Score invite you to an informational session on the PARCC test being rolled out for CPS students on March 9.

 

 

RSVP to faheyhughes@sbcglobal.net

Location

Mt. Greenwood Park
3721 W. 111th Street
Chicago, IL
United States

RYH testimony at Springfield PARCC Hearing 2/25/15

This is our written testimony. Because so many people were signed up to speak, we were asked to keep our spoken testimony to 1 minute each, so we had to pare down.

Re: Testimony to the Elementary and Secondary Education - School Curriculum and Policies Committee on the PARCC Assessment

Dear Legislators:

Anya Kamenetz, Author of the Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing, But You Don't Have To Be

When: 

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: 

Evanston High School
1600 Dodge
Evanston
United States

A dozen years after No Child Left Behind, our schools, districts, and states are being held accountable for weak, limited, and standardized measures of math and reading skills only. Standardized test scores are being used in an unprecedented way to decide the fates of states, districts, students, schools, teachers and principals. Tests and test prep are increasingly coming to define school for millions of students, with the most intense consequences falling on schools that serve the most vulnerable.

Location

Evanston High School
1600 Dodge
Evanston
United States

Top 10 Reasons Why Chicago needs an Elected School Board

Early voting has started for the February election!  Voters in 37 wards will have the chance to weigh in on whether Chicago should have an elected school board.  If you live in one of the following wards, you will be able to vote on this: Wards 1, 3-8, 10, 12, 14-17, 19-22, 24-37, 40, 45-47, 49, 50.

While this is a non-binding referendum, it will help to gauge public support for this measure in a very broad cross-section of the city. The law would have to be changed in Springfield to actually move to an elected board.

Standardized testing- Opt-out bill introduced in Springfield

We have an opportunity to make a difference at the state level around the issue of standardized testing and we need you! The concerns around excessive standardized testing extend beyond the negative effects on individual students to include the serious impact these tests have on the manner in which our schools are evaluated, judged, ranked and punished. Teaching to the test is not just an educational catch phrase. It has become a somber reality in our schools.

Action alert: Feds making decisions on important testing policies

As we mentioned in a recent email blast, Congress is discussing a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), now known as the Elementary and Secondary Education ACT (ESEA).

Why is this important? Despite what may have been good intentions, NCLB/ESEA has led to the overuse and misuse of testing that we see in CPS and around our country, narrowing of curriculum and a punitive instead of supportive culture in many of our schools.

What can you do?

Action Alert: call your US Senator/Congressperson

As we mentioned last week, No Child Left Behind (the current version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act or ESEA) is in the process of being rewritten. This is the law that requires annual yearly testing for every student in 3-8 that has been the catalyst for so much of the overuse and misuse of standardized testing in our schools. There is a US Senate hearing coming up on 1/21, and we need parents to call their US senators and representatives ASAP! 

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