However, one thing we will NOT be participating in at the school is standardized testing. I couldn't agree with Gatto's take on that more. Here's what he says, (emphasis mine.)
… we inevitably discover (as adults) that the information these glorified jigsaw puzzles generates is unreliable, and very misleading – absolutely nobody ever asks after the data. We see that those who test well are more often circus dogs than leaders of the future.
Nothing inside the little red schoolhouse does more personal and social damage than the numbers and rank order these tests hang around the necks of the young. Although the scores correlate with absolutely nothing of real value, the harm they cause is real enough… They constitute a matchless weapon of social control, wreaking havoc on winners and losers alike.
No WASL, MSP, HSPE, MAP, AYP, or other BS.
I can only imagine how the school will react when it comes up...
Breathe the free air.