Re: lawmakers take tests in Michigan
- Subject: Re: lawmakers take tests in Michigan
- From: Juanita Doyon <Jedoyon@AOL.COM>
- Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2002 13:39:42 EST
- Reply-to: Assessment Reform Network Mailing List <ARN-L@LISTS.CUA.EDU>
- Sender: Assessment Reform Network Mailing List <ARN-L@LISTS.CUA.EDU>
In a message dated 2/13/02 7:46:40 PM Pacific Standard Time,
> Any suggestions?
You might point out that you realize your legislators are in a no win
situation when you suggest they take the tests, just like our kids and
schools are. If they come to take the test, they may fail it or find it
ridiculous. If they don't come to take the test the people will see that
they aren't willing to listen. When our teachers and kids have to blindly
trust the test developers, the state and scorers without a face, there's no
system accountability. The whole point of giving the test to legislators is
to create empathy. You have done this beautifully for this particular
legislator. He's feeling what kids and teachers feel.
Tell him there is nothing stupid about taking the test or looking at the test
to see what children are being subjected to.
Like the WA initiative to get candidates to take WASL, it's not how they
score or whether they take the test seriously when they look at it. It's
about exposure and understanding that no matter what test we use at the state
level for high stakes it is not right.
Hope at least some of this makes sense. I talked way to much yesterday to be
able to think clearly today.
When all else fails, "schmooz him!"
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