SAT 9 Testing
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1 If the school district forced you to take a time-consuming multiple-choice test without your consent, a test that contains serious flaws but is still used to determine your high school's "achievement" and the "achievement" of individual students, would you:
YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE THE TEST!
Interested in choosing not to take the SAT 9 est? Here's what to do:
Show this pamphlet to your parents and discuss the issue with them.
If your parents agree with your decision not 1 take the test, obtain written permission from them.
~. See your counselor or the head counselor soon. Inform them of your decision, and present them with the written permission from your parents. According to the California Department of Education's Standards and Assessment Division, this written permission exempts you from taking the test.
$. You are then free to read, do homework, study for AP
tests, or just enjoy yourself during the four-hour Core testing periods!
California Department of Education
National Council on Measurement in Education
The National Center For Fair & Open Testing
? San Diego City Schools
To teachers and administrators:
? How do schools use standardized tests? Despite their biases, inaccuracies, limited ability to measure achievement or ability, and other flaws, schools use standardized tests to determine if children are ready for school, track them into instructional groups; diagnose for learning disability, retardation and other handicaps; and decide whether to promote, retain in grade, or graduate many students. Schools also use tests to guide and control curriculum content and teaching methods.
? If we don't use standardized tests, how will we know how students and programs are doing? Better methods of evaluating student needs and progress already exist. Good observational checklists used by trained teachers are more helpful than any screening test. Assessment based on student performance on real learning tasks is more useful and accurate for measuring achievement - and provides more information than multiple-choice achievement tests. Testing can be useful for obtaining rough estimates - but it should not be an all-important basis for making high-stakes decisions.
? How do other nations evaluate their students?
? Doesn't taking the test help our school? No. Taking the SAT 9 test only reinforces the falsehood that standardized testing is a meaningful measure of student achievement. It also supports the rampant suffocation of creativity and standardization of thought already present in our educational system.
? What do independent education experts think about the
SAT 9 test? James Popham, a professor at UCLA, and Bob Schaeffer, public
education director of Fairtest (an independent organization that monitors
standardized testing), recently reviewed copies of the SAT 9 test that
were leaked to the Los Angeles Times. Their responses, as reported in the
Times, were as follows:
? Is it true that last year's tests results for our school
did not count?
? Why does the school district want us to do so well on
? What happens if I don't take the test? Although records are kept of student scores, refusing to take the SAT 9 test will not damage your chances for college admission. The SAT I & II or ACT tests (although not entirely accurate themselves) are the only standardized tests required or used by colleges in the admissions processes.
? What's the big deal? Why not just put up with the SAT
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