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End high-stakes testing

I’ve been educating policymakers about the use standardized testing as a tool of eugenics since 2016. Persistent testimony at the school board, State Board of Education and the state legislature has led to legislation and administrative policy changes that discontinue use of Oregon Kindergarten Assessment, Smarter Balanced Assessment and Essential Learning Skills assessments. Please read […]

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June 22, 2017 Oregon State Board of Education testimony

Dear Chair Martinez, Jr. and Members of the Oregon State Board of Education: I am writing in support of the State Board of Education’s Proposed Mission, Vision and Values on today’s agenda. The mission to promote educational practices that lead directly to every student’s success should be a priority and your vision to work with […]

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May 22, 2017 Salem-Keizer School Board testimony

My name is Ross Swartzendruber. I am a taxpayer and parent of three children in the Salem-Keizer School District. I am writing in opposition to funding any personalized learning software or 1:1 Chromebooks as proposed in the 2017-18 budget. Personalized learning software like McGraw Hill’s Redbird may be included in General Fund Object Code 470 […]

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January 12, 2016 Salem-Keizer School Board

Parents worry about high-stakes testing at school and there’s something you can do about it – opt out. This year, the Student Assessment Bill of Rights requires schools to notify parents about opting students out of statewide summative testing. Administration, costs, name, type are to be included in the notification, along with the opt-out form […]

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January 8, 2016 Letter to Statesman Journal

If you are a parent worried about high-stakes testing at school, there’s something you can do about it – opt out. The Student Assessment Bill of Rights, passed by the 2015 Oregon Legislature, requires schools to notify parents about opting student out of statewide summative testing. Administration, costs, name, type are included in the notification, […]

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