State Testing A Story
Use the menu to navigate this OneDayInMay.org site.
Consider simple, but effective things you can do to change your state testing program: "Action, action, action."
Become disgusted with the greed that created and sustains excessive state testing: "Money, lobbying, bad tests."
Identify the fundamental flaws of computerized and criterion-referenced state tests: "Raw evil of computerized testing," and "Criterion vs. norm-referenced."
Find out "The real testing requirements of ESSA." See for yourself the Federal statues, regulations and guidance that your state department of education and the testing corporations have been hiding from you. Spoiler alert: You don't need the excessive testing to get your Federal funding.
If you have about five minutes now, please also read the rest of this true story of state testing. It's an eye opener.
Then, if the One Day In May movement makes sense to you, take a moment to post or share OneDayInMay.org - if enough people knew this story then there is no way the greedy travesty could continue.
Private schools choose norm-referenced, paper and pencil assessments like the TerraNova3 (the re-named CAT) to evaluate their students and programs.
They never use the State Exams.
If public schools answered to the parents, like the private schools do, then specially constructed state tests would not be forced on our children.
Public school students deserve no less respect for their time, resources and meaningful evaluation than private school students get.
What a racket! Who benefits from every state creating it's own testing program (CAASPP, FSA, MCAP, STAAR, CMAS, ISAT, IAR, OST, OSTP, WY-TOPP, AASA, PSSA, etc.)?
The sole-source contractors, education elite and bureaucracies who are running the programs benefit.
The students, teachers, taxpayers and anyone who really cares to assess how schools are performing, especially compared to schools in other states, loses.