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October 31, 2013

Diane Ravith’s column today includes a link to an article from the Gotham Schools blog that reports on another influential group who is protesting high stakes testing: students from elite public high schools. Student leaders at Stuyvesant HS, one of NYC’s hyper-competitive schools, are mobilizing a boycott of the tests that has NO consequences for them and high stakes for teachers. Why? Because they think its a waste of their time and a completely inappropriate way to measure their teacher’s performance. Knowing how most standardized tests are written the Stuyvesant kids are right on both counts.  The test is probably easier than what they are working on now and because it doesn’t have much “head room” it will not be able to measure student growth in any meaningful way making any “value added” calculations impossible. The children shall lead us….

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