Community Conversation on Standardized Testing in Our Schools

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Posted 6/8/15

From the Lynn Teachers’ Union –

North Shore Parents, Students, and Educators to Come Together for Community Conversation on Standardized Testing in Our Schools

Educators from Lynn, Peabody, and Salem will host a community forum on high-stakes testing on June 10, 2015, at the Lynn Museum, where parents, students, educators, and members of the public will convene to discuss the volume and impact of standardized testing in our schools.

The event will explore the origins and evolution of our current school accountability system, highlighting the federal and state policies that have ratcheted up the stakes around tests. Additionally, Dr. Raymond Bastarache will moderate a panel of local educators, parents, students, and community leaders, who will provide first-hand accounts of the impact of testing on teaching and learning. There will be time for audience Q&A.

“We hear increasing concerns that the pressure to prepare for and perform on math and reading standardized tests is taking valuable instructional time away from students, crowding out other important subjects such as art and music, and causing unnecessary stress among students, parents, and educators,” said Brant Duncan, president of the Lynn Teachers Union. “While our public schools are still doing a wonderful job educating students, we need to come together as a community to discuss and address these concerns.”

WHAT: Forum on High-Stakes Testing; Open to All Members of the Community

WHEN: Wednesday, June 10, 2015. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Event starts at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Lynn Museum 590 Washington Street Lynn, MA

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