Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, students and other
advocates for educational justice blasted high-stakes student testing at
a community forum last night, calling it yet another battle in the war
on public education.
Proponents of standardized testing say it
helps to close the achievement gap, but Lewis said the objective is “to
rank and sort.”
“What do these tests do?” Lewis asked the crowd at
Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church. “They answer one simple thing.
Who are the winners and the losers ... but who made the rules to the
“The winners are telling the losers these tests will tell
you what you really know. These tests will tell you the value that a
teacher adds to your child. These winners are telling the losers that if
you don’t do well on these tests, you have no future.”
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