January 19th, 2019 Blog
On November 8th, 2019, I journeyed to Cambridge, Massachusetts to attend a meeting of the National Center for Fair and Open Testing. I encourage you to visit their informative website: fairtest.org. They passed the baton from Monty Neill who led the organization for over 20 years to Andre Green, a worthy champion of education reform to continue their work. I recorded some of their remarks which, if we can get a clean copy from my iPhone, we will post with their permission on our website. They were kind enough to send me back to Florida with their signature T-shirts: “High Stakes are for Tomatoes. Ban high stakes testing!”
A great read on the complexities and success of some education reform is the new book (2018) by Andrea Gabor, After the Education Wars, How Smart Schools Upend the Business of Reform. I highly recommend it.
It confirmed the approach that the committee that I headed for the Boston Finance Commission in 1980 which came up with a plan that would have created autonomous local public schools, (the small school approach which has had some success), if accompanied by principals’ autonomy, collaboration with all interests from top to bottom emulating the Edwards Deming approach to quality standards that revolutionized the auto industry in Japan. We also would have equalized spending between low and high income neighborhoods. IN 1993 Massachusetts did just that. Gabor tells the story. Don’t miss it.
Gabor, Andrea. After the Education Wars. The New Press, 2018.