Moco schools chief calls for three-year moratorium on standardized testing. – V. Strauss

Strauss, Valerie.  “Moco schools chief calls for three-year moratorium on standardized testing.”  Washington Post.  December 10, 2012.  Retrieved from:

The superintendent of the 17th largest school system in America says the corporate driven reforms are going too fast.  The science behind the reforms does not prove an increase in learning and teachers should be given more time to collaborate and they should also be the ones designing the tests instead of a text book corporation.

Montgomery County Superintendent Joshua Starr said Monday that the country needs a three-year moratorium on standardized testing and needs to “stop the insanity” of  evaluating teachers according to student test scores because it is based on “bad science.”

Asked what he would do if he had the power to make one change to improve teaching, he said he would find more time for teachers to collaborate with each other. And he said that all of the emphasis on innovation in the classroom is well and good, but it doesn’t address the fact that 22 percent of the country’s children live in poverty and that the effects of that affect student achievement.


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