Ravitch tells parents to buck testing obsession

Photos courtesy P.S. 3 PAC At the forum, Diane Ravitch, inset, urged parents to “opt out” of the deluge of prescribed tests. After her remarks, audience members broke up into working groups.

Photos courtesy P.S. 3 PAC
At the forum, Diane Ravitch, inset, urged parents to “opt out” of the deluge of prescribed tests. After her remarks, audience members broke up into working groups.

Last Wed., Jan. 21, around 200 parents, teachers and school activists attended a forum in Greenwich Village at P.S. 3 to protest what they slammed as the “test-obsessed” public school system.

Ravitch urged audience members to join the “Opt-Out” movement and refuse to allow their children to take the tests. If enough parents join the effort, she said, the powers that be will have to get the message.

1school-1After Ravitch’s speech, the crowd broke down into groups to work on alternatives to the testing system.

Yet, the same night as the P.S. 3 event, Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his State of the State address, said teacher evaluations should be based even more heavily on their students’ test scores.

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