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May 7, 2001

Forum Takes on
High-stakes School Testing

Joan Almon, who heads a national group opposed to President Bush's standardized testing plan for K-12 schools, will speak at a forum at California State University, Sacramento from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 8 in Mariposa Hall 1000.

The event, "Uses and Abuses of High-Stakes Testing," will also feature Tom Alves, executive director of the San Juan Teachers Association, and Bakari Chavanu, a Florin High School Teacher and a member of the National Coalition of Educational Activists.

Almon, the featured speaker, is head of the Alliance for Childhood. The group recently held a press conference in Washington DC to present a position paper opposing further expansion of standardized testing in schools. They support alternative assessments that measure such things as original thinking and problem-solving skills. Their position paper is available online at www.allianceforchildhood.net.

For more information, contact professor Karen Benson at 278-5923 or professor Pia Wong at 278-4978.


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