October 22, 2001
Event puts state's school
testing to the test
Capital Region educators, parents and
activists concerned about the state's high-stakes school testing
program will gather from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 3
at California State University, Sacramento's Union Ballroom.
The conference will feature Harold Berlak, a founder of the
National Coalition of Educational Activists and an expert
on assessment policy, who will give the keynote address.
Organizers say California's school testing program in itself
is not a comprehensive or meaningful way to measure academic
achievement or future success in the workplace. They argue
the testing leads schools to ignore subjects that aren't on
the tests, such as the arts and foreign languages. They also
say the testing program erodes local control of school curriculum.
The event is funded in part by local schoolteachers, who donated
bonus checks they received for their schools' improvement
in the Academic Performance Index.
Admission to the event is free, and free parking is available
near the Union.
More information is available by contacting Karen Benson,
CSUS professor of teacher education and a member of the Fair
Assessment Network, at (916) 278-5923. Media assistance is
available from the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.
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