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Jan. 21, 2015: Forum on standardized testing featuring Diane Ravitch - PS 3M
We are writing to invite you to join parents and educators from across NYC on Wednesday, January 21 at 6:00pm in the PS3 auditorium for an important forum on standardized testing featuring renowned education expert Diane Ravitch.
Around the country parents and educators are becoming more and more
vocal in expressing their dissatisfaction with an educational system
that has become increasingly focused on testing at the expense of
thoughtful and imaginative teaching. At this Working Strategy Session
entitled “Join the Movement Against A Test-Obsessed System: How Can
We Put the Focus Back on Learning in Our Schools?,” we call on public
school parents and educators from around New York City to come together
to formulate concrete strategies. We aim to pressure city, state, and
federal governments to move away from the current testing model, with
its focus on hours and hours of test prep and test taking, to a system
of assessment that is more beneficial in terms of preparing our children
to go out into the world and succeed.
Following a presentation by Dr. Ravitch, and question & answer session,
we will break out into working strategy groups to explore specific
action steps that can be taken to help turn the current tide of
"education reform" with its overuse (and misuse) of tests and put the
focus back on learning in our schools. In the months following the
forum, each group will work to implement the action steps it
Attached is a flyer for this event. We encourage you to send it out to your [school] community. Space in
auditorium is limited and we expect a large crowd. We urge you to register on Eventbrite soon.
We look forward to seeing you on January 21 and working with you in
the months ahead to effect positive change in our schools so that
teachers have the time they need to teach, children the time they need
to learn, and tests are used as truly valuable indicators of a child's
and a school’s progress.