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Erase To The Top - Widespread PSSA Test Cheating - Parents Should Opt Out
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Anyone who believes PSSA test score results and uses that to judge schools is a f---king moron.

http://www.citypaper.net/cover_story/Era...e_Top.html

225 statewide schools, including private charters all showed super-strong signs of test score erasures-to-correct answers. 88 Philadelphia schools (that's nearly almost every SDP school, minus about 12 schools at the time, plus some charters).


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It is possible to get your kids out of the PSSA exams:
http://www.wtae.com/news/local/Some-pare...index.html

It's not required to graduate in the lower grades, and by opting out you actually put MORE pressure on your dipship school leaders to cheat even more, which makes the tests even more useless to grade schools and hopefully gets more of these asshats canned.

Want to put your kid under your own high-stakes testing? Go get your own tests and test your own kids and reward them for when they actually learn and apply their own knowledge. Of course most parents couldn't do this sort of thing because they treat public education as a daycare center.


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Newman has exercised the rarely used opt-out provision for the annual standardized tests -- and caused a buzz by encouraging others to follow her "act of civil disobedience."

Her op-ed piece in last weekend's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, in which she writes that the stressful tests "warp the educational environment," went viral on social media and in education circles. The response, she said, has been "overwhelmingly positive."

"I'm surprised that it struck such a chord because I think it could be seen as a radical idea," Newman told The Associated Press.

Opting out is extremely unusual in Pennsylvania: Only 260 out of about 932,000 students were excused from the math and reading PSSAs last year; an even lower number opted out of the science exam, according to the state Education Department.

It's hard to tell how many parents will follow Newman's lead, as opt-out data from this year's tests won't be available until fall, department spokesman Tim Eller said.

But Newman said she is hardly alone, citing nationwide examples of opt-out initiatives spearheaded by parents who are upset about "what we see high-stakes testing doing to our children."
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#2
I have said since I was a kid that I would always opt my own children out of any standardized testing unless it was something that THEY actually wanted to take. 15+ years later I still 100% stand by that. These tests are all worthless.
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#3
PSSA is being replaced with the Keystone exams which WILL be mandatory and is actually a part of the Common Core Standards and a graduation requirement for the Class of 2017.

More people should go to school board meetings.....
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(08-06-2013, 05:08 PM)Spacemanvic Wrote: PSSA is being replaced with the Keystone exams which WILL be mandatory and is actually a part of the Common Core Standards and a graduation requirement for the Class of 2017.

More people should go to school board meetings.....

Don't have a school board here.
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#5
Even if they didn't erase....from what I understand, the entire curriculum is geared around passing these tests. The tests are supposed to be a general idea of what level the kids are learning, when in actuality, they are ONLY learning the material that will show up on the test, it seems.

It's really apparent in some private schools who use certain curricula that are not based on annual testing, because the questions are not based on general knowledge, but based on whatever the public schools are currently teaching. Some of the questions are really difficult for kids who are learning advanced material, but the material happens to not match certain questions on the general testing booklets.

Definitely pointless, these days.
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