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Teaching to the Test
Last Featured: 5/13/2002

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Overview

The discovery of scoring errors in both state and national standardized tests has shocked and outraged many students and parents. Yet recently passed federal legislation ties federal school funding to yearly standardized testing. Opponents have complained ### that this incentive-based funding will reward the schools that need it the least and force teachers to teach to the test. Testing advocates point to the success of standardized testing in Texas and other states. Will educational testing restore excellence to failing schools or fail to make the grade?


Guests
Dr. Monty Neill has been the Executive Director of the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) since 1987 and the co-chair of the National Forum on Assessment a national coalition that is working toward fundamental change in the assessment of students. He is author of the National Forum’s Principles and Indicators for Student Assessment Systems, which has been signed by over 80 national and regional education and civil rights organizations and the co-author of Implementing Performance Assessments: A Guide to Classroom School and System Reform Most recently, he wrote Testing Our Children: A Report Card on State Assessment Systems, the first comprehensive evaluation of all 50 state testing programs. Prior to assuming his position at FairTest, he earned a Doctorate at Harvard University. He has taught and been an administrator in pre-school, high school and college.

Dr. Billie J. Orr serves as President of the Education Leaders Council, a Washington, DC-based organization of active education reformers. Dr. Orr began her teaching career in 1970 as a 2nd grade teacher in the Madison School District in Phoenix, Arizona where she also taught grades five through eight. In the midst of her education career, she joined private industry and served as Vice President for Continental Bank in Phoenix, but Dr. Orr returned to the classroom in 1993 as teacher and then principal at Kiva Elementary School in the Scottsdale (AZ) School District. .Her successes at Kiva led to her appointment as Arizona’’s Associate Superintendent for Public Instruction, where Dr. Orr led the effort to develop statewide academic standards and the state’s criterion-referenced test. She and her staff were recognized by the State of Arizona as the team of the year in 1999, and Arizona remains at the forefront of the standards movement because of her efforts. Dr. Orr holds a Doctor of Education -- as well as an M.A in Reading from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ.

Closing Quote
"Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school, every boy and girl should know how much they do not know and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it."

— William Haley

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