Student protests against standardized tests spreading

Colorado students are planning to walk out of the state’s mandatory assessment this week and protest at the state Capitol, the latest in growing student pushback against high-stakes tests around the country.

In Providence, R.I., students recently dressed up as zombies and marched at the State House; in Oregon, students are organizing an opt-out campaign to persuade other students not to take state standardized tests; in New York, California and other states, students are increasingly opting out of standardized testing.

Here are two videos made by students in Colorado who are planning a walkout Thursday, the day the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program tests are being given. The videos explain why the walkout and protest at the state Capitol are being planned and give students instructions on how to behave if they leave a testing area and join the demonstration.

 

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Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.
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Valerie Strauss | March 11, 2013