ERIC Number: EJ930058
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun-15
Reference Count: N/A
Frustration at Heart of Washington Rally
Robelen, Erik W.
Education Week, v30 n35 p1, 14-15 Jun 2011
Thousands of educators, parent activists, and others are expected to convene in the heat and humidity of Washington next month for a march protesting the current thrust of education policy in the United States, especially the strong emphasis on test-based accountability. Organizers of the Washington say U.S. policymakers are moving in the wrong direction to bring about school improvement. Leaders of the march--current and former educators among them--say they're determined to build a grassroots movement that has staying power beyond the gathering this summer and "restores" a central role for educators, parents, and communities in policy decisions. March organizers and supporters suggest that many teachers have become increasingly frustrated with the test-driven accountability framework at the heart of the U.S. education system and look with alarm at the wave of teacher-evaluation measures being enacted in some states, pegged in part to student scores on standardized tests. The point of the rally is to start momentum toward a sea change, to bring together--physically and virtually--a network of people who want change.
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Educational Change, Accountability, Activism, Educational Policy, Educational Improvement, Change Strategies, School Restructuring, Consciousness Raising
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States; Washington