Why Did Civil Rights Groups Demand Standardized Testing?

I wanted to share this blog because as an avid multicultural education practitioner, who believes in the provision of quality education for all students, it is important that social justice organizations who advocate for students ensure that the proposals they support which ultimately impact the groups they advocate for are research-based and will ensure for the welfare of all students. Share your thoughts and comments.

Diane Ravitch's blog

Civil rights groups issued a statement expressing their support for annual testing. The statement makes assumptions about the supposed benefits of testing that are surprising. After 13 years of federally mandated annual testing, how could anyone still believe that testing will improve instruction and close achievement gaps? Tests measure achievement gaps, they don’t close them. Standardized tests are normed on a bell curve. A bell curve has a top half and bottom half. It never closes. Standardized tests accurately measure family income. One need only look at the correlation between SAT scores and family income to see how closely the scores are tied to wealth and poverty. For reasons incomprehensible to me, these worthy organizations believe that children have a right to take standardized tests, even though such tests disproportionately benefit the privileged, not children who are poor or children with disabilities or children whose families have been discriminated against…

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