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“What sober person gives standardized tests to a kindergartner? Ever meet a 5-year-old?” – Part 3

Teachers' Letters to Bill Gates

What Sober Person - Tweet

Dear Bill and Melinda,

Our last post covered how corporate reform has increased the amount of testing of 5 year olds in my classroom.  In this final post in a series of three parts, I hope to convey what that testing does to my students and what does not happen as a result of this increased testing.  I want my parents and the parents of other 5 year olds to clearly see what your “seat at the education policy table” is doing to their children.  I’ll start this final part with a question again:

How does your propaganda translate into reality in our classrooms? 

What do you share with the public about the WaKIDS TSGAT?  Here is the propaganda about the WaKIDS TSGAT on Washington’s OSPI (Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction) website.  I say it is propaganda, because this video talks mainly about the one positive of WaKIDS –…

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“What sober person gives standardized tests to a kindergartner? Ever meet a 5-year-old?” – Part 2

Teachers' Letters to Bill Gates

What Sober Person - Tweet

Dear Bill and Melinda,

I wrote “What sober person gives standardized tests to a kindergartner? Ever meet a 5-year-old?” – Part 1 to give parents of five year olds the beginning of some insight into what is happening because of your corporate reforms behind our closed doors. Here, in Part 2, I will discuss exactly what my testing schedule looks like in my kindergarten classroom.  We know parents in our schools of poverty love their children as much as you love yours.  We know they have a high interest in their children’s education too.  I begin this post, I begin with  an important question to you.

Our parents in schools of poverty are highly interested, but why are you? What brings you, Melinda, Arne Duncan,  and “the state” to suddenly taking an interest in early childhood education? Could it be the untapped billions of profit in testing Pre-schoolers and…

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“What sober person gives standardized tests to a kindergartner? Ever meet a 5-year-old?” – Part 1

Teachers' Letters to Bill Gates

What Sober Person - Tweet

Dear Bill and Melinda,

It is no surprise that 522 + people find the headlines to Nerissa Ediza’s tweet horrifying. Her question is so rational and yet, what is irrational is what is actually happening behind the closed doors of our kindergarten classrooms — testing upon layer of testing – standardized, summative, and formative testing of 5 year olds that is often hidden from their parent’s eyes.   Mandated unnecessary corporate-reform-instigated-standardized testing of 5 year olds is growing at an alarmingly rate, as Race to the Top and Common Core have invaded our kindergarten classrooms.  How can this be? If parents and community members knew the truth, what would they do about it?

While this tweet is about Oregon, the standardized testing program called Teaching Strategies Gold Assessment Tool (TSGAT) discussed in The Oregonian is ramping-up across America with your financial support. I found several instances of your…

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