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Student Analysis of Standardized Testing

Student Analysis of Standardized Testing

By The Philadelphia Student Union on Mar-25-2015

In the fall of 2014, PSU member and On Blast producer, Mahala Papadopoulos set out to learn more about high stakes standardized testing in the School District of Philadelphia. Through an analysis of student perspectives, the profitable business of testing and the growing Opt Out Movement, Mahala gets deep into the unresolved issues of high stakes standardized testing.  

"Test-In" and Forum on High-Stakes Testing

"Test-In" and Forum on High-Stakes …

By The Philadelphia Student Union on Mar-02-2015

On Thursday, February 26th, at the Free Library of Philadelphia, PSU members joined teachers, parents and community members for the "Test-in" & Forum on High Stakes Testing. This event was sponsored by the Caucus of Working Educators, Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools, Teacher Action Group, Parents United for Public Education, Action United, and PSU. Participants at the event answered sample PSSA and Keystone test questions and heard teachers break the code of silence and reveal the the injustice of high stakes testing from the classroom perspective. We also learned exactly how much money and time is spent on testing annually...

Big Money from PSP: Our Take

Big Money from PSP: Our Take

By The Philadelphia Student Union on Feb-11-2015

Last week, the Philadelphia School Partnership offered to commit $25 million to the Philadelphia School District to help offset the stranded costs of charter expansion over three years. This comes in the wake of tens of schools being closed, thousands of nurses, counselors and support staff laid off, and an ever deepening budget crisis for Philadelphia’s schools. It also precedes an upcoming SRC vote to approve or deny 39 new charter school applications. PSP has also offered the district $10 million to help shore up its traditional schools, adding up to a total of $35 million in potential "giving".  What do...

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