#MoreThanAScore Twitter Chat Monday,12/1, 8:30pm EST

Cover_MTaSLog on to Twitter, tell your story of resistance to high-stakes testing, and ask the authors of “More Than a Score” your questions on how to build the movement!
Tuesday is the official release date for the book I edited and contributed to, “More Than A Score: The New Uprising Against High Stakes Testing”–a new book edited by Jesse Hagopian, with a foreword by Diane Ravitch, an introduction by Alfie Kohn, and an afterword by Wayne Au.  The book features dozens of contributions from the frontlines of the fight against the testocracy.   Many of the of contributing authors to More Than a Score will join a Twitter chat on Monday, Dec. 1 at 8:30pm to answer questions about the book, announce the book tour, provide suggestions for how to organize standardized testing boycotts and opt-out campaigns, highlight ways students are not test scores, and provide ideas for alternative assessments.
We’re inviting YOU to become a part of the live discussion. The official hashtag will be #MoreThanAScore. You can learn more about the book at: http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/More-Than-a-Score

What is a “Twitter Chat?”
It’s an effective and fun way to get like-minded (and sometimes not-like-minded) folks discussing a specific topic. In this case, it will be about issues discussed in “More Than A Score.”

In order for something to be a “Twitter Chat,” all involved members MUST use a hashtag in every single tweet, which is “#MoreThanAScore.” The chat will not work if no one includes the hashtag in their Tweet.

When: December 1st, 8:30pm EST.

Where: Twitter! If you don’t have a Twitter account, signing up is easy and free. If you need help, please do not hesitate to reach out.

How To Help: Begin spreading the word! Invite your friends to the Facebook Event. You can even start sending out some sample tweets: “Want to learn more about #MoreThanAScore? Join us on Dec 1st at 8:30pm EST for a twitter chat to learn more!”

Editor Jesse Hagopian will be hosting this chat along with:
  • Stephanie Riviera (@stephrhonda), a student at Rutgers Graduate School of Education in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is an educational justice activist and future social studies teacher. She blogs at Teacher Under Construction.
  • Helen Gym (@parentsunitedpa) is a community and education leader whose work supports the right to a quality public education for all children. She is a cofounder of Parents United for Public Education, a citywide parent group focused on equitable school budgets. Helen also leads the board of Asian Americans United, focused on youth leadership, community development, and advocacy for Philadelphia’s Asian American and immigrant communities.
  • Peggy Robertson (@PegwithPen) serves as president of United Opt Out. She has taught various grades from kindergarten through sixth, beginning her career in Missouri and continuing in Kansas, for a total of ten years. She earned her master’s degree in English as a Second Language at Southeast Missouri State University. She currently is an instructional coach at an elementary school and devotes the rest of her time to her work at United Opt Out National. Her blog can be found at http://www.pegwithpen.com.
  • Representatives from Fair Test (@FairTestOffice).  The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) works to end the misuses and flaws of standardized testing and to ensure that evaluation of students, teachers and schools is fair, open, valid and educationally beneficial.
 If you have ever thought there may be something with the many standardized tests student are taking, or ever thought about building resistance to them, this Twitter chat is for you.

4 thoughts on “#MoreThanAScore Twitter Chat Monday,12/1, 8:30pm EST

  1. Reblogged this on Matemática em Sobral and commented:
    Testes gerais e nacionais são destrutivos para a estrutura da escola, desrespeitam os professores, criam uma falaz ideia de desenvolvimento e de igualdade nacional. Do ponto de vista das estudantes, retiram-lhes o norte alterando o objetivo do ensino para que se volta para preparação dos testes.


  2. I just started reading More than a Score. God Bless you all for compiling this!

    I filed suit last March when I was told I could not refuse on behalf of my daughter. This year the school is trying to say I cannot refuse on behalf of my son who is severely developmentally delayed. He cannot speak, walk, communicate, etc. He has the cognitive ability of a 6 to 18 month old (depending on the task).

    We could use public help spreading the word of our case. If you could read our court documents and share with like minded people.

    Thank you

    Rose vs. Frederick County Public Schools


    1. Cindy! Thanks so much for your kind words, and most of all for your courage to fight this testing abuse. Your story inspires me to want to redouble my efforts. I hope that I will have a chance to meet you one day.



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