Will the meaning of “yes” be on the test? The tests are back.

“As the educators in the classroom, we have always known that standardized tests are not the best way to measure a child’s development,” says AFT President Randi Weingarten. You don’t have to tell me. Tell Joe!

Betsy DeVos may have been the worst Secretary of Education ever.

Check that.

Not “may have been.” She was the worst Secretary of Education ever.

But even Betsy DeVos knew that holding schools accountable for federally mandated standardized tests during the worst pandemic in a hundred years made no sense.

She cancelled them.

When Joe Biden was running to replace Donald Trump he was asked about standardized testing.

“Will you commit to ending the use of standardized testing in schools.”

Biden answered, “Yes.” “Teachers should be able to determine curriculum in their schools.”

But that has all changed and the tests are back.

“Yes” means “no”.

In a letter to state education leaders, acting Assistant Education Secretary Ian Rosenblum wrote that the Biden administration will not consider waivers of federal testing requirements this year.

The requirement to administer state exams was waived by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in spring 2020.

The announcement embodied a “frustrating turn” for the administration, said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, the nation’s second largest teachers’ union and who supported Biden in the Democratic primary against Bernie.

“As the educators in the classroom, we have always known that standardized tests are not the best way to measure a child’s development, nor do they particularly help kids or inform best practices for teaching and learning,” said Weingarten.

You don’t have to tell me. Tell Joe.

3 thoughts on “Will the meaning of “yes” be on the test? The tests are back.

  1. I think Arne Dumkin was the worst Secretary of Education, ever. In Chicago, he out Willised Benjamin Willis. In the U.S.,
    he practically destroyed public education. There isn’t even enough room here to list all the horrendous damage he’s done to our children, educators, parents and communities. Shameful.*

    Remember how excited we all were when Obama won & we all thought that was the END of NCLB, “standardized” (it’s never been valid nor reliable, so NOT standardized) testing & privatization/charter schools? Far from it–education, under Dumkin, became, as we know, much, much worse. Race to the Top (called “NCLB on steroids” by Diane Ravitch). Arne, a “basketball buddy,” know-nothing (ironically, wrote a book–of course!–“How Schools Work”). I’m sure I don’t have to reiterate all the damage both he & Obama (HE picked him!) did to public education.
    Someone who actually had the dumb nerve to call Katrina “the best thing to ever happen to New Orleans.” Then Paul Vallas swooped in & privatized all the schools there (&–dontcha know–HE’s a regular on Joan Espisito’s WCPT–“Progressive Talk Radio”–show every Wednesday…pontificating on everything he knows about…nothing.)

    *& are we going to be having to go through the same thing for the next four years? (If so, 2024 guaranteed to go back to
    red.)

  2. So, the tests are back.

    Teachers get beat up again, not by the R’s, who are open in their hatred of public education, but by their supposed allies.

    $1 billion for annual testing could update a lot of HVAC systems to make our schools safe to return to, but Pearson’s profits are a priority.

    Thanks, Randi, for selling us out with your failure to endorse Bernie Sanders, who would have put an end to this annual form of cruelty to students and teachers alike.

    Instead, she pushed Joe Biden, with his 40-year-history of mendacity and plagiarizing.

    Although Joe is keeping his promise to his corporate donors that “nothing would change.”

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