Richmond Teachers for Social Justice Statement on Carver Elementary School and High Stakes Testing

Once again, Richmond Teachers for Social Justice is appalled, embarrassed, and disappointed, but not shocked to see the VDOE’s report of George Washington Carver Elementary School’s SOL testing. We echo School Board members Kenya Gibson and Scott Barlow when they say the students were of no fault; this incident is a product of the accountability…… Continue reading Richmond Teachers for Social Justice Statement on Carver Elementary School and High Stakes Testing

High Stakes Tests Are Poor Motivators

by Amy Peterson, Latin Teacher, Chesterfield Education Association Reposted from the Virginia Journal of Education, June 2013 There are two ways to motivate people, by threatening and punishing them or by valuing and empowering them.  My recent leap into the issue of standardized testing has fostered a heightened awareness of how one’s method of motivation can…… Continue reading High Stakes Tests Are Poor Motivators