Response to Criticism

In response to criticism of an article published in the local city paper:

Please report responsibly. 

TELL THE WHOLE STORY! 
Although I am not familiar with the statistical validity and reliability of the ACT, fam quite certain that this “standardized” test is quite similar to other high-stakes tests (e.g., the S.A.T.) used to evaluate student performance in the “good old US of A”. 
Although the College Board and ETS (Educational Testing Service) will have you believe that these exams are an accurate measure “aptitude,” in reality, most entrance exams are just another barrier discouraging 

disenfranchised youth from pursuing their dreams of a “higher education.” 
Studies consistently show that standardized entrance exams such as the 

SAT and ACT do not accurately predict academic performance or ability. 
These high-stakes test show one thing and one thing only: that some students are better test-takers than others! 
The inherent biases of these gateway examinations provide just one more opportunity for the cultural elite to maintain the status quo in this country. 
By printing such tidbits of information without further inquiry, the Nashville 

City Paper is contributing to the educational crisis in public schools today 

by failing to offer a more in-depth analysis of what these scores represent. 
By releasing such timely factoids out of context, the City Paper is lending credence to bogus, intellectual theories such as “The Bell Curve.” 

High-stakes, standardized entrance exams are not only culturally biased, 

but also politically motivated in their agenda to help bring back a “return to basics” type of core curriculum. 
Please report responsibly and tell the whole story- at best, if, as stated in 

your article, this test is desi9ned to demonstrate academic mastery of the “core curriculum,” then all we are proving is this: our schools are fail miserably at educating those students most in need of a “decent” education. 
Equal opportunity ‘s a myth when it comes to public education- if you truly want No Child Left Behind, give them the” need to move forward! 

Next time, think of the message you are sending to the general who have neen known, st times, to accept Faux News at face value. 

Sincerely, 
Elyssa D. Durant, EdM 

Although I am not familiar with the statistical validity and reliability of the newly formatted ACT, I am quite certain that this “standardized” test is quite similar to other high-stakes tests (e.g., the S.A.T.) used to evaluate student performance in the “good old US of A”. 
Although the College Board and ETS (Educational Testing Service) will have you believe that these exams are an accurate measure “aptitude,” in reality, most entrance exams are just another barrier discouraging 

disenfranchised youth from pursuing their dreams of a “higher education.” 
Studies consistently show that standardized entrance exams such as the 

SAT and ACT do not accurately predict academic performance or ability. 
These high-stakes test show one thing and one thing only: that some students are better test-takers than others! 
The inherent biases of these gateway examinations provide just one more opportunity for the cultural elite to maintain the status quo in this country. 
By printing such tidbits of information without further inquiry, the Nashville 

City Paper is contributing to the educational crisis in public schools today 

by failing to offer a more in-depth analysis of what these scores represent. 
By releasing such timely factoids out of context, the City Paper is lending credence to bogus, intellectual theories such as “The Bell Curve.” 
High-stakes, standardized entrance exams are not only culturally biased, but also politically motivated in their agenda to help bring back a “return to basics” type of core-curriculum. 
Please report responsibly and tell the whole story- at best, if, as stated in 

your article, this test is designed to demonstrate academic mastery of the “core curriculum,” then all we are proving is this: our schools are fail miserably at educating those students most in need of a decent” education. 
Next time, think of the message you are sending to the general who have neen known, st times, to accept a sound byte from the local news at face value. 
Equal opportunity ‘s a myth when it comes to public education. 
If you truly want No Child Left Behind, give them the tools they need to move forward! 

Sincerely, 
Elyssa D. Durant, EdM 

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