Author of the 2011 book The Village Proposal: Education as a Shared Responsibility
Con to the question "Is the Use of Standardized Tests Improving Education in America?"
"Standardized tests may be lucrative for educational publishers and useful for politicians who want to control school resources, but they seldom improve learning. No Child Left Behind has promoted empty lessons geared toward such tests. As a result, teacher spontaneity is compromised, leaving students uninspired."
"The Mighty Testing Juggernaut," Philadelphia Inquirer/Philadelphia Daily News website, Feb. 21, 2012
"For Paslay, it was the advent of the No Child Left Behind reform model - the idea of holding schools to standards judged by test scores - that triggered his advocacy on behalf of his fellow teachers.
'The disparaging of public-school teachers all the time got me a little upset,' explained Paslay, who's taught English at Swenson, in Northeast Philadelphia, for 15 years. 'They're doing good things, and you don't hear much about it.'" Morgan Zalot, "He Gives Teachers a Voice Outside the Classroom," Philadelphia Inquirer/Philadelphia Daily News website, Dec. 19, 2011