The Absurity of HIgh Stakes Testing

The following information appeared in Valerie Strauss’ article which appeared in the Washington Post.  She sights the research done by  Marion Bracy.  Marion is a superb researcher and the article has been verified.

“I recently  ran a post about how the state of Florida was forcing a 9-year-old blind boy who was born with a brain stem but without most of his brain to take the state’s standardized test, known as the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

It was true. According to the story,  a woman named Judy Harris who owns an Orlando care facility for children the Russell House, said Michael came to her shortly after he was born, blind and missing most of his brain, and has been there ever since. The story says in part:

A teacher works with him twice a week for an hour, but Harris wouldn’t call it schooling.

“Michael loves music, he loves to hear, and he loves for you to talk to him and things like that, but as far as testing him, or questioning him on what is an apple and a peach, what is the difference? Michael wouldn’t know what that is,” explained Harris.

Imagine the shock from Harris when she was told two months ago Michael would have to take a standardized assessment test, similar to the FCAT.

Florida law requires that all students take a version of the FCAT, though Stewart is trying to get that changed legislatively.

You can watch a News 13 video about Michael and Harris, with footage of them together, along with Roach and Stewart, by clicking here.”

Yes, you read it correctly, a boy with a partial brain was forced to take a high stakes, standardized test.