Warner Professor Leads Community Discussion on High-Stakes Testing

As part of an ongoing effort to raise awareness of the hazards of high-stakes testing on K-12 education, David Hursh, associate professor at the Warner School, will lead a discussion on his new book, High-Stakes Testing and the Decline of Teaching and Learning: The Real Crisis in Education, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, at the School Without Walls.

His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion of distinguished guests, including: Adam Urbanski, president of the Rochester Teachers Association; Joe Klein, chief executive officer of Klein Steel Service; Rosemary Rivera, coordinator of the Alliance for Quality Education; and Steven Martin, a student at the School Without Walls. Don Bartalo, education consultant and retired school district superintendent, will moderate the discussion.

Hursh’s book uncovers how over the last decade New York State and then the federal government, through No Child Left Behind, have imposed increased testing and other regulations on students and teachers. He discusses how these reforms have resulted in less, not more learning, as the curriculum has been made easier and how teachers are being deprofessionalized as they have less input into the curriculum. He also describes why such regressive reforms have occurred and what educators, parents, and community members can do to improve schools.

The lecture is sponsored by the Coalition for Common Sense in Education, a grassroots coalition (which he helped start) of parents, teachers, administrators, and higher education faculty and researchers from the Rochester area, the Rochester Teachers Association, and Nazareth College. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the School Without Walls at (585) 546-6732.

Tags: Coalition for Common Sense in Education, David Hursh, high-stakes testing, No Child Left Behind