Here is one of those blog battles that are very informative.


Awhile back, a group of civil rights organizations came out in favor of retaining annual testing as part of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (NCLB). A smaller group issued another statement critical of parents who opt their children out of annual standardized testing.


Marc Tucker wrote a post saying that annual tests have harmed poor minority students, and they should reconsider their position. He was criticized strongly by Kati Haycock of Education Trust and Jonah Edelman of Stand for Children, who support annual testing.


In this post, Tucker responds to Haycock and Edelman. All of the links are embedded in his post, including the link to civil rights leaders who disagree with the organizational statement.


He says there is no evidence for their assertions and urges them to base their critique on facts, not attacks.


As you read this debate, be sure to read the statement by Seattle teacher and activist Jesse Hagopian and the board of the Network for Public Education, critiquing annual testing. The Seattle chapter of the NAACP opposes annual standardized testing.


You might also want to see Mercedes Schneider’s overview of this debate, in which she points out Haycock’s failure to cite any evidence.