Tag Archives: high stakes testing

Greeley group planning billboards – oppose high stakes testing

The Coalition for Better Education is raising money to pay for two billboards that will encourage people to oppose Colorado TCAP tests.  You can help with this project by sending a contribution to The Coalition for Better Education, Inc., 2424 22nd Avenue, Greeley, Colorado 80631.… read more

School Reform Issues – Colorado – Common Core, PARCC, etc.

This presentation by LibertyWatch provides basic information about School Reform Activity at a national level here in America and in Colorado. For additional information we suggest the following resources: Common Core Standards—Fact and Fiction Published April 14, 2013 Joy Pullmann, Education Research Fellow at The Heartland Institute Truth In America Education Colorado Academic Standards Menu… read more

Testing in Public Schools is out of Control. Not improving our Schools.

The enthusiasm to test is unabated here in Colorado.  K-12 students are subjected to lots of testing, not only by their teachers and the local school district but also by the state. Here is an analysis of test time for students in Thompson School District Problems with high-stakes testing: 1) standardized test scores poor measure… read more

Public Education in America – Lots of Baggage, time to Clean House

With so much going wrong with today’s K-12 Education in America we thought it would be helpful to provide a history of Education in American.  By understanding the major factors that have brought us to today, hopefully… we will be better able to ask the right questions and find the courage to change. Education in… read more

Cross Currents Forum about Amendment 66: School Funding Reform

During the Forum a member of the audience pointed out that Colorado has “bought into” the idea that better standards and assessment activity will improve student outcomes and teacher effectiveness.  Colorado is spending millions of dollars on this strategy, but test scores over the last 10 years show no significant improvement in student achievement.  The… read more

More about Stop Common Core Rally at the Colorado Board of Education

A protest was held at the Colorado State Board of Education on August 14, 2013.  About 20 people who are opponents of Common Core and associated issues (high-stakes testing, data tracking, etc) picketed outside the Department of Education in Denver and in the afternoon made comments during the Public Comment section of the Board of… read more

Parent Led Reform holds Common Core Forum in Centennial Colorado

On Monday, August 12, 2013 Parent Led Reform held a Forum on Common Core at the Koelbel Library in Centennial Colorado. Four experts on Common Core and related issues (high-stakes testing and data collection) answered questions. The event was hosted by John Ransom (host of Ransom Notes Radio Show and editor of TownhallFinance.com). The panelists… read more

NCLB Generation – Can’t write, Can’t Think!

Our elected leaders tell us that their policies will prepare our children for the 21st Century workplace.  This is a great example of “doublethink”, since No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and Race to the Top have accomplished just the opposite! As the NCLB generation is now heading for college, folks in higher education are seeing… read more

The Educational Industrial Complex is making money but not improving education – bad news!

This presentation was made during the Public Comments at the Thompson School District R2-J Board of Education Meeting on June 19, 2013 by Margaret L. McKenzie My topic tonight touches on school budgets; in a different realm.  It is about Common Core Education.  Common Core is Nationalized Educational Standards.  Our Liberty Watch group has found… read more