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PENCILS DOWN!
USING THE WEB TO ORGANIZE AGAINST STANDARDIZED TESTING
last updated 9/19/01

Linda Polin, linda@pencilsdown.org
Gary Stager, gary@pencilsdown.org

Pencilsdown.org has been featured in following recent articles...
Education Week • September 19, 2001 - Districts Beginning to Scale Back On Tests to Lighten School Burden
Lycos and WiReDNews • August 27, 2001 - The Over-testing of America?

Data Resources

Survey results from a variety of polling agencies:

Public Agenda, Phi Delta Kappan/Gallup, The Business Roundtable, American Association of School Administrators, Harris Interactive
http://www.ecs.org/clearinghouse/16/21/1621.htm

Legal Cases on High Stakes Testing

Shelley Mack, UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, Spring 2000
http://www.law.berkeley.edu/faculty/sugarmans/HighStakes.htm

Organizations Online

NEA    http://www.nea.org/issues/high-stakes/

FairTest   http://www.fairtest.org

Rethinking Schools      www.rethinkingschools.org

Mathematically Sane   http://www.mathematicallysane.com/analysis/highstakes.htm

NCTE   http://www.ncte.org/resolutions/highstakes1999.html

Alfie Kohn       http://www.alfiekohn.org/standards/standards.htm

EdSource        http://www.edsource.org/

Rouge Forum   http://www.pipeline.com/~rgibson/rouge_forum/

CalCare           http://www.calcare.org/

Canadian Teachers Org.    http://www.ctf-fce.ca/e/what/other/assessment/high-stakes.htm

Signatures for Students          http://www.xsnrg.com/sfs/

Florida Coalition for Assessment Reform. http://www.angelfire.com/fl4/fcar

AZ Standards (Arizona)         http://www.azstandards.org/

North Carolina Citizens for Democratic Schools         http://www.geocities.com/nccds/

TASI (Illinois)               http://www.district87.org/staff/goerlitzd/tasisat/about.htm

Student Coalition for Alternatives to the MCAS          http://www.scam-mcas.org/

MassParents Page      http://www.massparents.org/

Parents Against TAAS Testing           http://www.TaasBlues.com/

Documents Online

Exam Anxiety (a terrific commentary challenging the Bush testing scheme)
Teacher Magazine, August, 2001.
http://www.edweek.com/tm/tmstory.cfm?slug=01persp.h13

News Interview: Lorrie Shepard. How to Fight a "Death Star"
NEA Today Online, January, 2001.
http://www.nea.org/neatoday/0101/intervw.html

 

What Can Student Drawings Tell Us About High-Stakes Testing in Massachusetts?
Anne Wheelock, Damian Bebell, and Walt Haney
http://wwwcsteep.bc.edu/drawoned/mcas/mcaspaper.html

 

How Wisconsin Parents Worked to Roll Back High Stakes Testing
FairTest Examiner, Summer 1999, pp. 10-11
http://www.alfiekohn.org/standards/wisconsin.htm

 

The Harmful Impact of the TAAS System of Testing in Texas: Beneath the Accountability Rhetoric.
Linda McNeil & Angela Valenzuela
http://www.law.harvard.edu/civilrights/conferences/testing98/drafts/mcneil_valenzuela.html

 

"High Stakes Tests: A Harsh Agenda for America's Children"
Remarks Prepared for U.S. Senator Paul D. Wellstone
Teachers College, Columbia University, March 31, 2000
http://www.senate.gov/~wellstone/On_the_Record/Speeches_Articles/columbia.htm

 

The Scarsdale, NY Revolt
http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/~vanderlyn/2000/news.standardized-tests.htm#2001-05-12

 

The Marin, CA Revolt
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2001/05/04/MN231705.DTL
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2001/04/29/MN209398.DTL

 

Greely, Colorado teacher refuses to administer standardized tests
http://www.alfiekohn.org/standards/boycotter.htm

 

High-Stakes Testing: Is it fair to students?
Ted Villaire, staff writer
Our Children, The National PTA Magazine
http://www.pta.org/pubs/featured/f5.htm

Recommended Books
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Rethinking Schools, Failing Our Kids: Why the Testing Craze Won't Fix Our Schools. Rethinking Schools: Milwaukee, WI, 2000. ISBN 0-942961-26-9

W. James Popham, Testing! Testing! What Every Parent Should Know About School Tests. Allyn & Bacon: Boston, 2000. ISBN 0-205-30595-4

National Research Council, High Stakes: Testing for Tracking, Promotion, and Graduation. National Academy Press: Washington DC, 1999. ISBN 0-309-06280-2

Deborah Meier (editor), Will Standards Save Public Education? Beacon Press: Boston, 2000.ISBN 0-8070-0441-3

Alfie Kohn, The Case Against Standardized Testing: Raising the Scores, Ruining the Schools. Heinemann: Portsmouth. 2000. ISBN: 0325003254

Linda McNeil, Contradictions of School Reform : Educational Costs of Standardized Testing (Critical Social Thought). Routledge, 2000.  ISBN: 0415920744

Susan Ohanian, One Size Fits Few : The Folly of Educational Standards.Portsmouth: Heinemann: Portsmouth, 1999. ISBN: 0325001588

Fairtest.org

How Standardized Testing Damages Education

The Side Effects of Standardized Testing

What Should Parents Know About Standardized Testing in Schools?

Testing, Testing, Testing... From the Merrow Report on PBS

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Updated 9/19/01

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