February 6, 2013

War on public education: Take from the needy, give to the greedy

NJ Spotlight - The future of state testing is starting to be felt in New Jersey’s school districts, as schools push to get up to speed with the technology that will be needed for the new online assessments. The testing -- which is being developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers  -- is about to go through its first pilot evaluations in a about a dozen districts.

...Translation: by the spring of 2015, close to 1 million students between Grades 3 and 11 are expected to sit at laptops or tablets taking their annual state math and language arts exams.

...More than 500 school administrators took part in one of the first presentations of the plans in a department webinar last week, and several said the reality of the requirements is started to hit, with plenty of questions still to answer.

Schools Matter: Making this happen will cost billions, and it will be a never-ending source of profit for testing and computer companies: We can be sure that the equipment will be obsolete soon after it is installed, and when the brave new electronic tests do not result in academic improvement, technology companies will convince us that the next version, requiring more sophisticated and expensive equipment, will be better.

All this comes from tax dollars. Take from the needy, give to the greedy.

This is happening everywhere: The Florida Board of Education is proposing to spend nearly a half a billion dollars to build the infrastructure for all-computerized state testing.

1 comment:

Capt. America said...

Yearly testing is wrong. Weekly testing is better. Daily testing is best. Test questions should be taken from an online open database of millions of tested questions and answers. No copyrights of test QA's should be allowed.