The Massachusetts Teachers Association began airing a 30-second television advertisement this month that denounces the state’s high- stakes testing program. A frame from the spot, and its voice-over text, are shown below.
| Learning used to be about a lot of things |
Imagination, creativity, discovery, and dreams.
But now, the state says it’s about one thing.
A flawed and unfair test.
The one-size-fits-all, high-stakes, do-or-die MCAS test.
Because starting now, if you don’t pass this test, you don’t graduate.
Your dreams die.
As teachers we reject using a single test to deny students a high school diploma.
Branding them as failures.
MCAS should be used to help them out.
Not throw them out.
SOURCE: Massachusetts Teachers Association.
A version of this article appeared in the November 22, 2000 edition of Education Week as Assessing the Assessment