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Minnesota parents to Congress: maintain 'No Child Left Behind' testing

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A group of Minnesota parents, teachers and advocates organized by Students for Education Reform traveled to Washington to argue in favor of No Child Left Behind’s testing regime.
Chris Stewart

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Hope and change is coming to

Hope and change is coming to the American public school system.

And the collateral damage?

No one is arguing that we need more focus on the opportunity gap. When testing reading and math starts to dictate whether a school stays open or closes, a teacher is fired or retained, or a bonus is paid, it is no surprise that schools eliminate almost everything except reading or math.

The reality and research would say that a holistic education with arts and phy ed would still improve graduation, engagement, AND math and reading. However, we take the safe, but ineffective route of sticking kids in math and reading all day long. Of course this doesn't prepare kids for college.

What the testing regime has done to our most vulnerable kids is truly, truly disgusting. Go look at a sample schedule from Mounds Park Academy. Then compare that to a sample schedule from laces like Harvest Prep, or some of our urban schools. It is obvious the schedule and schools that kids of privilege get.

Okay

Okay. How do you want to fix the achievement gap?

Go back to not measuring academic performance.