At least one New York State Board of Regents member is NOT happy with Arne Duncan’s rejection of the request to allow special education students to be tested two grades below their actual grade level and he believes he knows why the tests MUST go on!
Why is there a testing mania? The need for accountability is the claim. But it is well known that countries whose students far outperform ours require much less testing. A claim for the efficacy of Big Data is made by Pearson and other education testing companies. Testing more frequently is supposed to give us more data. In the long run, more data is supposed to improve our education system. For sure, it improves the bottom line of companies that provide the tests.
Read Regent Phillips opinion article in lohud here.
UPDATE 9/8/14: This article gives additional explanation regarding the New York State request to allow special education students to be tested two grades below their grade level.