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How much will it take for policy makers to stop the education reform led by corporate interests? How much longer will they ignore the will of the people who vote them in…. OR OUT!

All the campaign money in the world will not get you re-elected if you refuse to see the handwriting on the wall. Eric Cantor learned that last primary season. It looks like many will learn that same lesson in 2016 and 2018.

Samantha Williams, of Dunkirk Maryland writes to her local newspaper.

“Standardized testing is not an accurate measure of a student’s ability to perform, as many people do not test well, even though they know the information being presented.”

“Another problem arising from standardized tests is the lack of proper teaching practices. Instead of “teaching to learn,” educators are now “teaching to test.” A major chunk of the school year is spent rushing to prepare for tests instead of making sure students are actually learning. Also, the amount of stress placed on students to perform well causes them to do poorly.”

The Quinnipiac University Poll, on June 4, 2015 rates a governor on his education policies that are strongly based on the use of standardized tests.

“New York State voters disapprove 59 – 30 percent of the way Gov. Andrew Cuomo is handling education.

Voters have a dim view of standardized tests to measure student performance, saying:

  • 64 – 30 percent that these tests are not an accurate way to measure how well students are learning;
  • 69 – 26 percent that teacher pay should not be based on student test scores;
  • 65 – 29 percent that teacher tenure should not be based on standardized test scores.

“Rating teachers on how their pupils do on standardized tests is a bad idea, New Yorkers think,” Maurice Carroll Assistant Director of the Quinnipiac University Poll said. “As a matter of fact, voters don’t trust those tests to be an accurate measure of teachers’ performance.

The same poll also reports that:

 Voters trust the teachers’ unions more than the governor, 54 – 30 percent, to improve education in New York and… that they oppose allowing the New York City mayor to continue control of the city’s public schools by 55 – 34 percent.”