Missouri Education Watchdog by Cheri Kiesecker
Former US Secretary of Education, John King, now leads The Education Trust. It should come as no surprise that Ed Trust is feverishly tweeting, and tweeting and tweeting –urging people to save John King’s and the US Department of Education’s Rule which asserts more federal control on how states should handle ESSA Testing Participation and Accountability. See some of Ed Trust’s recent tweets here:
The Education Trust would have you believe that testing means teaching and forcing every child to take the test, or else, is a so-called civil right. Try telling that to parents of PROFICIENT third graders in Florida whose parents opted them out of a non-valid, high stakes end of year test. Even though those children had better than passing grades (as in A students) they were held back, not able to go onto fourth grade because they didn’t take this ONE test. How’s that for Civil Rights? Whose rights are they protecting when they force the use of a data profiling, never seen, never proven, and expensive test?
The Education Trust is in the business of testing reform and “achievement” in education. It’s a big business.