[Susan notes: In answer to a call from NCTE that we all write our governors before February 25 when the 2005 National Education Summit convenes, here is one teacher's letter.]
To the editor
many standards and that some standards are set unreasonably high.
may provide a broad picture of student achievement, the data were not necessarily useful to teachers developing specific instructional
strategies for improvement.
The overall conclusion from these three studies was stated unequivocally:
It is important to recognize that an external system of assessment cannot in and of itself drive educators in the lowest-performing
The assumptions underlying Californiašs accountability system are identical to those on which the federal No Child Left Behind Act is
premised. The lack of research support for these assumptions should cause us to pause before mandating a further massive expansion of
test-based accountability in high school.
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