Public Charter School Board: Find some balance before you rank Preschools and Kindergartens
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Public Charter School Board: Find some balance before you rank Preschools and Kindergartens

    1. Sam Chaltain
    2. Petition by

      Sam Chaltain

      Washington, DC

If it passes, the PCSB's new accountability framework for all charter schools with Preschool and Lower Elementary programs would assign between 60-80% of a school's overall rating to the test scores of its 3, 4, and 5-year-olds. That sort of emphasis doesn't reflect what parents want for their children -- and it doesn't reflect what the research tells us about how children learn.

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    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Decision-maker Scott Pearson responds:

      Scott Pearson

      I appreciate your sharing your concern about assessments in early childhood testing.

      It’s important to note that the proposed early childhood PMF was developed in close collaboration with charter school leaders who broadly support this...

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Michael Cushman WEST WINDSOR, NJ
      • about 1 year ago

      Focus should be on the child and developmentally appropriate whole child growth. Also, parental engagment, nutrition, and other out-of-school factors. These are the things which boost the child's readiness to learn in elementary school.

      Ranking programs is a huge incentive to lie and cheat on the evaluations.

      Ranking them on inappropriate measures is a sure way to move early childhood education from full range of activities that are all developmentally appropriate to just focus on "academics".

    • Ada Babino WASHINGTON, DC
      • about 1 year ago

      This society has become much to much into type-casting our children based on their ranking on test scores. The testing agencies are becoming millionaires and or kids who are not taught to be good test takers continue to fall behind and be judged by tests alone. There are so much more to our children and they should not be judged on test scores alone!

    • Megina Baker MELROSE, MA
      • about 1 year ago

      Assessments in early childhood should be balanced and consider the whole child, not just academic skills.

    • Emiliy Gasoi WASHINGTON, DC
      • about 1 year ago

      It's widely acknowledged among experts and the lay public in general that standardized testing is a poor measure of student ability or school quality. This is all the more true for young children who develop at vastly different rates and who do not necessarily show their understanding of things on demand. Despite general understanding about testing, however, over reliance on test results continues to kill student and teacher creativity and push great teachers out of the profession. Please don't let this misguided accountability framework pass.

    • Jon Zubiller WASHINGTON, DC
      • about 1 year ago

      It is of critical importance to me that the PCSB evaluate our schools with developmentally appropriate tools that are scientifically sound and evidence-based. If a PMF ranking is deemed necessary, it would be important to weight the results of the any assessments appropriately to the age of those being tested. To say that social emotional learning is "critical", yet weigh its assessment less than (if at all) other developmentally inappropriate measures such as math at age 3 is simply misleading and foolish.

      Let's not use the same measures, and weighting of those measures, as those well into their primary school years. To press a one size-fits-all mentality upon our early childhood learners risks perpetuating the same mistakes that our Public Charter Schools initially sought to rectify with their creation.


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