Voice of San Diego published a story about SDUSD board member Kevin Beiser urging parents to opt out of standardized testing (see below). But I don't think the real story is Kevin Beiser. I think it's Promise Neighborhood.
Promise Neighborhood Institute gave
a $60 million grant to Castle Park neighborhood and schools
in December 2012. So what do you get for $60,000.000.00? It's anyone's
guess. Promise Neighborhoods conceals Castle Park results.
What improvements in student
performance have been seen since the money started being spent in early
2013? Strangely, Promise Neighborhoods took credit for
improvements in the spring 2013 test scores at Castle Park Middle
School though some think that the new principal, not Promise
Neighborhood, deserved credit for the student progress.
But I'd be willing to give Promise Neighborhoods some of the credit if
test scores had gone up again in spring 2014. But strangely, Promise
Neighborhoods is silent about those scores.
In fact, Promise Neighborhoods doesn't seem to want people to see its own June 2013 article by Samuel Sinyangwe announcing the spring 2013 scores.
Institute took down its original website, but the article was concealed
even before the website went dark, and it is also missing from the new
website. Here's all the information that the new website is giving about
Castle Park: http://www.promiseneighborhoodsinstitute.org/sites/default/files/PNI_chula vista_070615_b.pdf
a $60 million grant isn't working, shouldn't Promise Neighborhoods be
honest about it? Who is gaining from their secrecy? Are they afraid
that competent people might be brought in to replace the folks who are
spending large sums of money?
Why are some schools so afraid of test results? Because they don't know
how to improve them. For many, of not most, teachers, test preparation
is just a bunch of boring worksheets, not fun lessons on logic and
Beiser Encouraged Castle Park Students Not to Take State Tests
By Mario Koran
Voice of San Diego
May 16, 2016
Kevin Beiser, who serves on the San Diego Unified School Board, sent a note
to students and parents in his Castle Park Middle School class days
before the class was set to take mandated state tests. In it, he
encouraged students to opt out of the tests — something that’s forbidden
by the state’s Education Code.
...Parents and educators oppose testing for a number of reasons,
ranging from resistance to the possibility of sanctions imposed on
teachers and schools to skepticism of profiteering by testing companies.
Yet, groups that want to preserve testing – including the NAACP,
National Council of La Raza and the Disability Rights Education and
Defense Fund – argue that standardized testing reveals disparities that
exist between students.
Last year, civil rights groups wrote in a joint statement:
“There are some legitimate concerns about testing in schools that must
be addressed … But we cannot fix what we cannot measure. And abolishing
the tests or sabotaging the validity of their results only makes it
harder to identify and fix the deep-seated problems in our schools.”