Paul Thomas is, perhaps, the most incisive education blogger. He writes critically about current national policies in public education. His blogposts are always informative, insightful, and thoroughly referenced.

Here, he addresses the misguided arguments of those who would assert that high stakes testing is needed to protect the interests of poor children and children of color.

Originally posted on the becoming radical:

Christina Duncan Evans argues that the high-stakes testing opt-out movement “ignores a major function of testing,” which she identifies as: “A major reason we use standardized tests is to make the case that there’s large-scale educational injustice in our nation.”

As an advocate for educational equity and social justice, Evans explains:

States don’t have a very good track record of providing equitable access to education to all of their students, and the federal government should ensure that American school quality is consistent. This has made me an advocate of standardized testing, following the logic that we can’t solve achievement gaps unless we measure them first.

Before examining this commitment to standardized testing (also found among civil rights organizations), I want to highlight that public education and state government have had a long history, continuing today, of failing miserably black, brown, and poor children and adults.

The evidence of lingering…

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