Resources for Education and Action Related to High-Stakes Testing

A lot of useful information and context was presented at Wednesday evening’s conversation with Prof. Celia Oyler from Teachers College. For those of you who couldn’t make it, Prof. Oyler handed out a list of books and blogs that might be helpful to parents in understanding the effects of high-stakes standardized tests and how you can get involved in improving the system:

Good basic book about testing:
The Truth About Testing: An Educator’s Call to Action

Good academic book about testing:
Collateral Damage: How High-Stakes Testing Corrupts America’s Schools

Good short book to remind us about what matters:
Why School? Reclaiming Education or All of Us

National websites

The National Center for Fair and Open Testing
Save Our Schools (activist group of educators and families)
United Opt Out National (currently organizing boycott of Pearson)

Local websites

New York City Public School Parents (a blog of “independent voices”)
Class Size Matters (local, state, and national news and organizing)
Time Out from Testing (started by a NYC mom)
A Sociological Eye on Education (Prof. Aaron Pallas’s blog that is often about value added scores)
Opt Out of Standardized Tests (a state-by-state wiki space for information and organizing)