To Marc Morial: At Least 86 Percent of Your Anti-Opt-Out Argument Isn’t Teacher Controlled

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On April 06, 2016, former White House correspondent for Politico, Joseph Williams, published an article in Takepart entitled, “Why Somr Black Leaders Aren’t Down with Opting Out of Standardized Testing.”

The byline of the article is, “Marc Morial of the National Urban League is among the many critics of the push to ditch state-mandated assessments.” However, Williams’ article is not an anti opt-out article.

Though Williams does open with Morial, the piece includes solid arguments for opting out of standardized testing– and acknowledgment that the opt-out movement is gaining support from African American and Latino parents.

As for Morial’s perspective: The bottom line appears to be the overused, “hold teachers and schools accountable”:

If we don’t have testing, we don’t know where the achievement gap is. We’re flying blind. …

It’s about holding school districts and teachers accountable to make sure districts are performing. We have to make sure every kid…

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1 Response to To Marc Morial: At Least 86 Percent of Your Anti-Opt-Out Argument Isn’t Teacher Controlled

  1. ciedie aech says:

    What reformers pushing tests, tests, and more tests in the name of holding schools “accountable” get away with is that schools which have produced the lowest scores have been the most victimized and the first to be segregated through charters/choice schools. THIS, then, becomes the hidden but truer goal behind holding schools “accountable” — the ultimate separation of students and separation of resources.

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