Partner at D'Agostino, Levine, Landesman & Lederman, LLP
Con to the question "Is the Use of Standardized Tests Improving Education in America?"
"[I]t's worth pausing and considering why political obsession with computerized teacher ratings based upon student [standardized test] scores is bad policy and bad for students...
Issues influencing how children score on a single test on a single day are so complicated that undue and inflexible reliance upon growth scores does a real disservice to our children...
The success of the opt-out movement in New York and elsewhere demonstrates that parents are realizing that increased reliance on testing for the purpose of rating and firing teachers is bad for children. Anxiety over testing is replacing love of learning. The opt-out movement is growing because the goal of good educational practices is being abandoned by politicians in favor of a witch hunt to find and fire allegedly bad teachers."
"A Misguided Obsession with Computerized Teacher Evaluations," newsobserver.com, Apr. 15, 2016
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