AFT reacts to the findings of the PDK-Gallup poll:
WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools:
“In no uncertain terms, the public is saying end the fixation on and misuse of testing. Americans are fed up with the overemphasis and high-stakes consequences of standardized tests. They’ve seen those consequences and effects first hand and now oppose the Common Core State Standards and using test scores in teacher evaluations. What’s infuriating is that parents and teachers have repeatedly raised the red flag over high-stakes testing, but policymakers routinely dismissed them.
“The public has not walked away from higher standards or accountability. They, like teachers and their union, have a far better grasp than the policy makers, who reduced everything to a test score. The public and teachers believe measures, such as student engagement, examples of student work, teacher grades…
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