Behind the Test Scores: Teaching and Learning Under Arrest

Oct 01, 2007
  • Description

The current West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) policies and practices that relate to testing and curriculum result in a narrow, unresponsive, and superficial education for thousands of low-income students of color. These policies react to a climate where federal and state laws create great pressure to focus on testing. In an effort to avoid federal punitive consequences based on standardized test results, the district has created a climate that emphasizes raising tests scores over high quality learning that prepares students for all aspects of their future. This report describes the teaching and learning crisis students are facing in schools throughout WCCUSD.