2. Issue: Getting Beyond Standardized Testing
Stacey explains that AISD models itself after two school systems. While the testing is the means, the goal is what the University of Pittsburgh has defined as the “Principles of Learning” (see http://www.austinisd.org/teachers/principlesoflearning/pol.phtml). The Principles of Learning indicate a need for independent thinking and creative teaching, while the testing model proves an obstacle to the ultimate development of students as “accountable” and “intelligent” “apprentices.”
Austin Interfaith has developed an alliance of schools applying to exempt themselves from the repercussions of testing for three years while they develop an independent system of teacher training and student evaluation.
Educators for Change wants to educate ourselves about the “Principles of Learning” and to connect with the developing alliance of schools to help advocate for their project and provide resources as appropriate.
Action for this item will take place in two ways:
a. researching and educating ourselves as a group about the “Principles of Learning” and AISD’s relationship to them, and
b. attending Austin Interfaith meetings to make connections and go from there.
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