FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PERTEtm 2013 Survey at kennethdprice.com focuses on the practice of students re-testing on exams at primary and secondary schools — citizens and media outlets needed
Cincinnati, Ohio, October 18, 2013– PERTEtm 2013 Survey is now available online as the first in a series of research efforts that looks at the issue of students re-testing on exams when their original scores are unsatisfactory; a practice that exists at some of our nation’s more than 100,000 primary and secondary schools.
The goal is to receive input from 2,500 district and school professionals, students, parents, and other education stakeholders throughout the United States.
If you fall within one or more of these groups, please take a few minutes to participate and share the announcement. We, likewise, are asking media outlets to do public service announcements [PSAs] and host a brief interview with Kenneth D. Price to discuss the survey.
Exam re-Testing has enormous implications for America’s educational system
Re-testing remains a topic of great debate in education. Rick Wormeli of ASCD (formerly Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) suggests, “Allowing students to redo assignments and assessments is the best way to prepare them for adult life.” However, opponents call into question the practice as in the case of teachers at a Fairfax County, Virginia high school recently instructed to allow students caught cheating to re-test in order to avoid a zero score. Is re-testing a positive influence in education? Or does this practice lead to unfair disparities between districts, schools, teachers, and students where re-testing is permitted versus where re-testing is prohibited?
Why PERTEtm and why your input is vital
PERTEtm is designed to build public awareness and help shape public policy. Our objective is to increase understanding of the practice of exam re-testing, its extent in today’s schools, and the impact. The survey fosters a national conversation about the relationship of exam re-testing to overall student performance in the classroom and on standardized tests. Commonalities or differences across states, in districts urban versus suburban, and whether re-testing varies in different academic programs (e.g. traditional, advanced placement, international baccalaureate, etc.). PERTEtm is interested in perspectives from education professionals, students, and parents. And we want to hear not only from individuals in academic settings that allow re-testing, but also from those in settings that prohibit this practice.
We are accepting survey responses through Dec. 21, 2013 and plan to publish a report in Jan. 2014.
To participate, go to: http://kennethdprice.com/perte-2013-survey/
Media partners needed
Raising awareness about this survey will ensure that a national issue receives input from stakeholders throughout our nation. By this, we are requesting radio stations, television news departments, and print media to partner in two ways. First, by hosting a brief interview that will enable local audiences to learn more about this issue and the survey. And second, by offering public service announcements [PSAs], using the wording provided below:
Public Service Announcement – PERTE 2013 Survey
At some of our nation’s more than 100,000 primary and secondary schools, students are permitted to re-test on exams when an original score is unsatisfactory. Some schools allow re-testing after an initial score as high as 84 percent. At one Virginia school, students caught cheating can also re-test. Does re-testing promote mastery of courses? Or does this practice lead to unfair disparities between districts, schools, teachers, and students where re-testing is permitted versus where re-testing is prohibited? The Practice of Re-Testing in Education (or PERTE) 2013 Survey is designed to build public awareness and help shape public policy. If you are a district or school administrator, teacher, student, parent of a student, or other education stakeholder, please take just a few minutes to participate in the survey. Your input is very important. You can submit a response by December 21, 2013 at kennethdprice.com/perte-2013-survey.
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