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“Across the nation, resistance to test overuse and misuse

reached unprecedented heights in the spring of 2014.”
- The Washington Post, 10/30/14

JOIN THE MOVEMENT

AGAINST

TEST-OBSESSED SYSTEM:

How Do We Put the Focus
Back on Learning in our Schools?
COME TO A WORKING STRATEGY SESSION
Presentation by Diane Ravitch
Followed by Breakout Action Groups

To register, sign
up with Eventbrite

Wednesday Jan. 21, 2015, 6:00 - 9:00pm
PS3 Auditorium, 490 Hudson Street

Limited childcare
with pizza available
For more info, visit 
ps3nyc.org/pac

iane Ravitch has been called “a fearless crusader for

every American child, parent and teacher.” She served
as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education from 1991-93 and
has since become our most clear-headed and influential
critic of standardized testing. She has published more
than 500 articles and 20 books, including her latest, Reign
of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to
America’s Public Schools.  Diane blogs regularly at dianeravitch.net.

Partner Organizations:

For a complete list, visit ps3nyc.org/pac

National Center for Fair & Open Testing

The
Brooklyn
New
School

BNS

FairTest

Williamsburg and
Greenpoint Parents
for Our Public Schools
(WAGPOPS)

Learn For Life

We know what we’re against:
• the “High Stakes” attached to testing
• 6 days of ELA & Math testing
• a culture that values test prep over joy of
learning
• poorly constructed tests
• lack of transparency
• a private company profiting off testing

We know what we’re for:
• an end to “High Stakes” test uses
• a dramatic reduction in the amount of testing
• implementation of educationally sound
assessments
• greater transparency so that test results can
guide teaching & learning

But how do we get there?
• targeted protests
• social media & petitions
• opting out
• lobbying Congress
• building alliances
• propose new testing practices that put the
focus back on learning
• YOUR IDEA HERE!

his year not only parents but
also educators across Florida are
rebelling. They have joined a national
protest in which states have repealed their
graduation test requirements, postponed the
consequences of testing for the Common
Core -- national standards in more than
40 states -- and rolled back the number of
required exams.
...
“In August, Education Secretary Arne Duncan
added to the chorus when he wrote in a blog
post that ‘testing issues today are sucking the
oxygen out of the room in a lot of schools,’
and that teachers needed more time to
adapt to new standards and tests.”
- The New York Times, 11/9/14

hat began with protests over
‘high-stakes testing’ and cheating
scandals in various public-school
districts in the mid-2000s has morphed in the
past six months into an outright mutiny, driven
in large part by the controversial rollout
of Common Core State Standards, which
are linked to new state curriculums, moredifficult tests and new teacher evaluations.”
- Time Magazine, 10/30/14

COME TO A WORKING STRATEGY SESSION

Presentation by Diane Ravitch
Followed by Breakout Action Groups
To register, sign up with Eventbrite

Wednesday Jan. 21, 2015, 6:00 - 9:00pm
PS3 Auditorium, 490 Hudson Street
Visit ps3nyc.org/pac for more info