Assessing Young Children

Standardized testing isn’t reliable or valid for children under age eight. But, driven by the high-stakes testing of older children, early childhood education is also being distorted by developmentally-inappropriate standards and testing.

Join us for this forum on assessment in the early childhood years, the second event in our community discussion series, Parents and Teachers Driving Testing Policy, a collaboration of Raise Your Hand, the Chicago Teachers Union and FairTest. 

Speaker: Denisha Jones, assistant professor of education at Trinity Washington University and board member at Defending the Early Years

Much of what happens in public schools today is determined by policies that say standardized test scores are the best, or even only, way to know how schools and students are succeeding. But we know that our children’s learning and development—not test scores—should guide what our schools and teachers do. How can we get from "what is" to "what could be"? This series will connect and activate parents, teachers, students and stakeholders. We will make concrete plans for collective action to improve assessment practices and policies.

You can download a flyer here in English and here in Spanish.



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  • November 13, 2017 at 6pm – 9pm
  • Chicago Teachers Union Center
    1901 W Carroll Ave
    Chicago, IL 60612
    United States
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  • Martin Ritter