Radio Times

What’s behind the opt-out from school testing movement

April 9, 2014

Guests: Robin Roberts, Lisa Guisbond and Mike Petrilli

It’s testing season in public schools around the country, but an increasing number of parents are refusing to allow their children to take those assessment tests. They’re concerned that too much time is spent preparing for tests and that state assessment tests are unnecessary and even unfair. Proponents of testing point to their usefulness in measuring teacher performance and student achievement. In this hour of Radio Times, we’ll talk about the “opting-out of testing movement,” what’s behind the increase in testing, and whether or not testing benefits children, teacher’s and education systems. We’ll start off with Philadelphia school parent ROBIN ROBERTS who opted-out of testing for her three children. Then we’ll hear from LISA GUISBOND of the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) and MICHAEL PETRILLI, executive vice-president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.

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