Studies are showing a link between standardized testing as a measure of school performance and treatment for ADHD

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Studies show a correlation between the use of standardized testing to rate school performance, along with other factors, and the rise of ADHD treatment.

The No Child Left Behind Act, signed into law by President George W. Bush, was the first federal effort to link school financing to standardized-test performance. But various states had been slowly rolling out similar policies for the last three decades. North Carolina was one of the first to adopt such a program; California was one of the last. The correlations between the implementation of these laws and the rates of A.D.H.D. diagnosis matched on a regional scale as well. When Hinshaw compared the rollout of these school policies with incidences of A.D.H.D., he found that when a state passed laws punishing or rewarding schools for their standardized-test scores, A.D.H.D. diagnoses in that state would increase not long afterward. Nationwide, the rates of A.D.H.D. diagnosis increased by 22 percent in the first four years after No Child Left Behind was implemented.

Read the whole NY Times article.

Please help Shannon Puckett produce her documentary “Defies Measurement” on the devastation wrought by the Corporate Reform Movement

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Please help Shannon Puckett produce her documentary “Defies Measurement” on the devastation wrought by the Corporate Reform Movement.

This is why I am against the Common Core State Standards #2 – What People Will Do With Them

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Every time I hear someone tell me they think the Common Core State Standards are a good thing, they spout off the usual talking points about it making students college and career ready, higher expectations, and  aligning standards across states so that there is consistency in education. So why am I against them?

#2- When I come across things like this, it scares me.

Six Sigma is a manufacturing standard that has no place in the public school system. If you have never heard about it, check out Wikipedia.

Some highlights:

“Six Sigma seeks to improve the quality of process outputs by identifying and removing the causes of defects (errors) and minimizing variability in manufacturing and business processes.[5]”

“Manufacturing and business processes have characteristics that can be measured, analyzed, controlled and improved.”

I have had experience with the Six Sigma process in manufacturing and am not a fan. With Six Sigma, the public school system is being aligned with business and manufacturing strategies that are rigid and do not allow for variation. It seeks to measure, analyze, control, and improve. This leads me to believe that there will be more emphasis on standardized testing to accomplish these goals.

Our children are not products that should be measured, analyzed, controlled, and improved. They are individuals that all develop in their own way and with their own unique abilities. They need to be taught and nurtured to fulfill their potential.

Our Children Are Failing the Nation

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Sounds horrible, doesn’t it? Well, that is the message that comes when you tie educational funding to standardized testing. Our children are being told that they are failures and because of this their teachers are being fired, their schools are being closed, their states are losing federal funding for education, and ultimately, the United States will become a 3rd world country because they are not trying hard enough. But the education reformers think that they can make them try harder by raising the bar with more strenuous standardized testing.

Imagine a child trying to put together a 20 piece puzzle. If he has not done a puzzle before, he most likely will fail on his first attempt. Instead of encouraging the child to try again until he masters the skill (teaching him that failure is a part of life but if you persevere you will accomplish the task and develop skills to handle more challenging tasks in the future), the DOE says you are not trying hard enough and dumps 20 more pieces into the mix – now try it again. It is more challenging now – that should make him try harder. I don’t think so. I imagine that the child will look at that pile of puzzle pieces and think to himself – If I could not figure out how to do the puzzle when it was only 20 pieces, how can I ever hope to do one with so many more? He will give up and that will be the beginning of the end. That will be how we become a 3rd world country, because of the bureaucrats who teach our children to give up.