A new report details the growing grassroots movement in the United States against standardised testing.
A teacher responds to the ABC Life Matters discussion on parents taking their children out of the NAPLAN tests.
There was a massive surge in the number of students being withdrawn from standardised tests in the United States last week.
My School has failed dismally in its main objective to improve school results. Reading, writing and numeracy test scores have largely stagnated or fallen since the website was established.
Parents should be careful how they interpret test scores published on the My School website. School league tables published in the Canberra Times based on this data are built on shaky ground.
A huge opt-out movement has developed in the United States with parents withdrawing their children from standardised tests across the country.
Canberra parent’s organisation condemns the publication of school league tables in the Canberra Times.
An open letter by Diane Ravitch to the US Senate calls for annual standardised testing to be dropped in US schools.
There were record withdrawal rates from the NAPLAN tests across Australia and in most states/territories this year. It suggests that increasing numbers of parents realise that NAPLAN is not compulsory.
A Western Australian principal has written an inspiring letter to his students to put their NAPLAN results into perspective.
A US educator answers the question of “what do standardized tests teach”.
NAPLAN Withdrawal Rates Increase in WA, but Many Parents are Still in the Dark about their Right to WithdrawPosted on Sunday May 11, 2014
Education authorities continue the conspiracy of silence about the right of parents to withdraw their children from NAPLAN. However, more and more parents are becoming better informed about their rights.
A private school English teacher says he cheats on the NAPLAN tests by drilling his students. He says it detracts from time spent analysing literature.
More about the storm of teacher, parent and student protest against testing in the United States.
A wave of protest by parents, students and teachers against standardised testing has swept across the United States.
The 2014 NAPLAN tests are only four weeks away. Tell us your stories and information about the effects of NAPLAN in your school.
A flyer for parents about the right to withdraw their child from the NAPLAN tests.
An opt-out movement against standardised testing has exploded in the United States in the last few months. Here a New York parent explains her family’s decision to opt out of the New York state tests.
A lecture tour by a US professor of education provides a cautionary tale about high stakes testing and control of education policy in New York State by entrepreneurs and corporations.
Leading Finnish education expert, Pasi Sahlberg, comments on Finland’s slip down the rankings on international test results from the Programme of International Student Assessment (PISA)._
Margaret Clark takes ACARA to task for its submission to the Senate inquiry on NAPLAN.
A survey of primary school principals shows that a majority believe that the NAPLAN tests are having a negative impact on student well-being, curriculum and teaching practices.<
The Queensland Premier, Campbell Newman, has criticised NAPLAN as a high stakes test that is misleading and narrowing the curriculum. <
The US Government Accountability Office has reported evidence of rampant cheating on high stakes tests, with allegations of cheating in 40 states in the last two years. It says that using awards or recognition for improving test scores can provide incentives to cheat.
View two great videos of news reports on high stakes testing – one from Australia and one from New York. Both should be compulsory viewing.
Some schools offered students special inducements to do the NAPLAN tests last week. One Tasmanian school offered free breakfasts, raffle tickets and lunch and a movie with a teacher to encourage students to do the tests.
Some more stories about NAPLAN this week.
Some stories about NAPLAN this week from a Canberra government school.
A new study of Florida’s high profile school accountability program has found evidence of rorting by schools. It shows that schools were classifying low-performing students into exempt categories that are excluded from the school performance grading so as to artificially raise their test scores. <
A Canberra private school has set a great example for other schools in dealing with NAPLAN and informing parents that they can withdraw their child from the tests.