ASCD Hollers Uncle on HIGH STAKES use of Standardized test!

Louisiana Department of Education John White has built a culture of failure surrounding our public school system and has partially succeeded in convincing the public that our teachers and our schools are FAILURES!  He has accomplished this by choreographing chaos using a business strategy called "disruption."  The Common Core Standards are one of the tools in his much touted "tool box." 
 
It is my position based on extensive study of the most recent school reform movement that the Common Core Standards were never intended to represent a rigorous set of standards that would propel our students into the 21st century prepared for college and career.  They are not just poorly written and developmentally inappropriate -  They are a HOAX!   Our system of public education has been HACKED!  Pathetic implementation was not a product of incompetence on the part of Supt. White.  It was orchestrated. 
 
Louisiana educators and parents have been attempting to expose this HOAX for several years, but John White has destroyed their credibility.  But we are hearing more and more from experts outside of the state who are stepping up to expose this national travesty. This is one such highly esteemed organization - The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, ASCD. 
 
Read their clear, concise statement about the Common Core's most valuable weapon - HIGH STAKES assessment.  The focus and the turmoil around Common Core has been perpetuated by John White to keep the focus off of the real enemy - HIGH STAKES application of our state assessment.  If you want to hear John White squeal - threaten to take away HIGH STAKES over which only he has control.  
 
 
Message from Scott Richard, LSBA Executive Director:

Begin forwarded message:
From: Scott Richard <srichard@lsba.com>
Date: February 9, 2015 at 2:30:24 PM CST

Subject: RE: ASCD Calls for TWO YEAR MORATORIUM - STATE TESTING FOR HIGH STAKES PURPOSES; 15 LOUISIANA - LOCAL BOARDS IN LA PASS RESOLUTIONS REGARDING THE ISSUE
LSBA Board of Directors, Superintendents and Public Ed Stakeholders:
Please note that as of today, there are fourteen (14) local school boards that have passed resolutions regarding the opt-out movement and requesting that LDOE and BESE NOT PENALIZE schools or districts in the state accountability system should a parent exercise the choice to “opt-out” of state testing.
Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, DeSoto, Evangeline, Iberia, Jackson, Jeff Davis, St. Helena, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, and Washington Parishes.
Also, please note the message from the national group – Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development – calling for a two year break/moratorium from using state assessments as high stakes tests. In Louisiana, the current state of accountability for local districts results in the school and the district receiving a ZERO if a student “Opts-Out” of the test.
 
Who We Are
Founded in 1943, ASCD (doing business as the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is the global leader in developing and delivering innovative programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner.
 
Comprising 125,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, professors, and advocates from more than 138 countries—the ASCD community also includes 56 affiliate organizations. The nonprofit's diverse, nonpartisan membership is its greatest strength, projecting a powerful, unified voice to decision makers around the world.
The association provides expert and innovative solutions in professional development, capacity building, and educational leadership essential to the way educators learn, teach, and lead.
 
ASCD Testing and Accountability Statement
Share Your Support: Join the ASCD Forum
ΓΌ  Show your support for a two-year break from using state assessment for high-stakes purposes, and share your thoughts on the ASCD Forum.
A two-year moratorium on using state assessments for high-stakes purposes is needed. States can and should still administer standardized assessments and communicate the results and what they mean to districts, schools, and families, but without the threat of punitive sanctions that have distorted their importance. ASCD is strongly advocating for a new approach in which testing is just one tool among many in determining whether our students are prepared for a successful future after high school graduation.
 
Standardized test results have been the defining measure of student achievement and school quality under the No Child Left Behind Act. This singular focus has resulted in several unintended and undesirable consequences, including over testing, a narrowing of the curriculum, and a de-emphasis of untested subjects and concepts—the arts, civics, and social and emotional skills, among many others—that are just as important to a student’s development and long-term success.
 
Making decisions about student readiness, teacher performance, and school quality that have far-reaching ramifications should never be based on a single state assessment. Yet, unfortunately, that is where we find ourselves today. Our education system is out of balance and needs to be reset so that testing is merely one component for evaluating progress and not the main driver of student learning and school improvement.
 
Moreover, the promise of the Common Core State Standards in supporting a more well-rounded and whole child approach to education is under threat from this antiquated accountability system. It is a system that neither recognizes nor values each student’s comprehensive development—socially, emotionally, civically, physically, or cognitively.
A whole child education is not antithetical to testing, but a reliance on high-stakes standardized tests to evaluate students, educators, or schools is antithetical to a whole child education. It is also counter to what constitutes good educational practice.
 
We need a pause to replace the current system with a new vision. Policymakers and the public must immediately engage in an open and transparent community decision-making process about the best ways to use test scores and to develop accountability systems that fully support a broader, more accurate definition of college, career, and citizenship readiness that ensures equity and access for all students.
 
 
Executive Director
Louisiana School Boards Association
7912 Summa Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
 
Phone:   225.769.3191
Fax:       225.769.6108
Email:    srichard@lsba.com

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