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[Susan notes: Joseph Lucido makes an important point about teaching to the test.]

Published in Fresno Bee online
09/04/2009

To the editor


Let's point out several obscene statements made in The Bee's Sunday education editorial:

High-stakes "tests are designed to measure students' mastery of the concepts." No, they are designed to create a statistical separation of scores on purpose. Thus, you will never have the desired amount of children proficient.

"When teachers teach to the test, they are teaching the standards." Actually, when teachers are forced to teach to the test, they break the state standards for teaching by not using multiple forms of evidence to evaluate kids. It dehumanizes children and ignores their uniqueness.

Compared with whites, poor test scores by middle-class Latinos or blacks indicates that "something about the way a school runs may be standing in the way of those students." No, it indicates that the test questions are inherently racist when they are designed. It will continue to paralyze those communities unless they demand better assessments.

The body of knowledge kids should have should be based on their identity, inquiry, interaction, initiative, imagination, intuition, and integrity from school. These are measured by performance, oral, project and portfolio assessments. People should demand these ideals for positive human diversity.





Joseph Lucido


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