March 11, 2002
to tackle standardized testing
California teens and state legislators
will debate whether standardized testing has gone too far,
at a town hall meeting from 11 a.m. to noon, Thursday, March
21 at the State Capitol room 1170 (governor's press room).
The event is sponsored by the LegiSchool Project, an award-winning
civic education project of California State University, Sacramento
and the State Legislature, administered by the Center for
California Studies. It's titled "Testing One, Two, Three:
Is Testing in California Pushing Students Too Far?"
Panelists will include members of the State Assembly and the
State Senate, as well as the 10 students who won the LegiSchool
essay contest this year. Hundreds of other students in California
will view the meeting live on the California Channel or on
They will discuss the long list of standardized tests taken
by California students - SAT 9, the High School Exit Exam,
SAT I and SAT II, Golden State Exams, etc.
Topics will include: At what costs are these tests being administered?
Is standardized testing necessary to ensure that students
obtain the best possible education? Are standardized tests
a biased and one-sided approach to assessing a student's competence?
Paula Gardner, a professor from the CSUS College of Education,
More information is available by contacting Bernadette Halbrook,
LegiSchool project director, at (916) 278-6173 or by visiting
the LegiSchool website at www.csus.edu/calst/legischool.htm.
For further information,
send an e-mail to email@example.com
public affairs at (916) 278-6156. For ticketed events, call
the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323.
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