Parents – Here’s how to resist the attack of too much testing!

Alderman Matthew O'Shea introduces Monty Neill at St. Xavier forum November 2, 2012.

Parents in Chicago and around the nation are sick of all the tests that our children face in school these days. Teachers are fed up, too. They tell us that there are so many tests now that they just don’t have enough time to teach.

Anti-testing fever heated up even more during the CTU strike, when the issue of excessive and unfair testing and test-based “accountability” was forcefully and effectively raised by marchers and their picket signs. Now parents all over the city have been getting together to talk about the problem and make plans for what we can do together to fight this growing attack on our children’s education.

I spoke at a meeting with parents from Drummond Montessori school about testing on October 4. On Nov. 2, FairTest’s  Monty Neill was in town at the invitation of St Xavier University and 19th Ward Parents for another forum. In the afternoon before the forum Monty and I met with CTU officials and later a good-sized group of people from various organizations around the city to begin to coordinate a citywide strategy for resisting the onslaught of tests. Raise Your Hand is planning another testing forum on November 29. (Don’t miss this excellent essay on the problems with testing by RYH’s Wendy Kattan.)

I’ll share notes from those meetings in a later post. For now, here are some of the resources that Monty and I distributed at these meetings. Feel free to print and share or share electronically.

Tags: , ,

Comments are closed.

Support PURE!
About the PURE Thoughts blogger
Julie Woestehoff is PURE's executive director. Julie's work has earned her a Ford Foundation award and recognition as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Chicago.