The Impact of High Stakes Testing Students, Teachers, and Schools

Introduction: How will students in districts that refuse the tests compare with students that take the tests?
• Background of the Problem: See Lace to the Top, Diane Ravitch’s Blog, Long Island Opt Out, NYSAPE, NYSED, NYSUT, AFT, for primary source information
• Statement of the Problem: High-stakes testing and Common Core have changed education and parents are challenging education officials about the damage it is doing to their children and the motives behind the change. The system is so bad that people who support and fund it prevent their own children for being part of it.
• Purpose of the Study: The purpose of this study is to investigate the impact of high stakes testing and Common Core on kids, teaching, learning, and joy in American schools.
• Theoretical Framework: Ravitch’s (2013) Reign of Error, has debunked the notion of an educational crisis in America and supports the idea that children today are part of the “Smartest generation yet.” Students, therefore, should not be subjugated to an antiquated industrial model form of education based on the even more antiquateder Enlightenment to asses the rigor of their education or “commonness” of their abilities.
• Research Hypotheses: Students that refuse testing will experience more joy than those who take tests, teachers that value their relationships with their students more than the scores they earn will be more effective than those that are forced to test prep, and schools that think students are more than scores will demonstrate stronger morale and efficacy than those that focus on testing.
• Importance of the Study: Kids, education, the future. If you need more, get out of education.
• Summary: This study is intended to support the crazy idea that teachers are not our enemy, US education is not in crisis, we need smaller class sizes, fewer educrats, and genuine effort to help reduce poverty.lttt logo (1)