Saturday, July 16, 2005

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 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.

Please click on “comment” below if you would like to comment on this action item or if to write that you’d like to get involved with this action item. Please include your contact information.


At 10:41 AM, Blogger Shannon said...

I would like to be involved with ths action.

I also just read in our Neighborhood Newsletter that the Cherrywood Neighborhood Association had a meeting with a rep from Austin Interfaith about AISD and "alliance schools." Mapelwood Elementary, which is in our neighborhood (French Place) is also among these "alliance schools," so I'm going to try to make some contacts there as well.

--Shannon (

At 8:52 PM, Blogger E4C said...

I would also like to be a part of this action issue. -- Jenny

At 9:49 PM, Blogger Stacey said...


What I've found out from some leaders in Austin Interfaith and my principal is that many of the principals are "table-ing"(sp?) the subdistrict proposal because of some miscommunication with Dr. Forgione. This has caused friction with some of the lead organizers with Austin Interfaith. I will get back to everyone on this.



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