Peter Greene: DFER Says Kids Must Take the State Tests to Protect the Community’s Property Value

Diane Ravitch's blog

Peter Greene–who seems to read everything–saw an article in USA Today, quoting an employee of the Wall Street hedge-fund managers’ group “Democrats for Education Reform,” which may or may not actually have any Democrats in its membership (but we will never know). She said it was important for students to take the state tests because property values hinge on test scores! Really! Without high test scores, the property values in high-wealth Scarsdale, a suburb of New York City, might plummet.

The DFER spokesperson said:

“Schools are one of the biggest differentiators of value in the suburbs,” she said. “How valuable will a house be in Scarsdale when it isn’t clear that Scarsdale schools are doing any better than the rest of Westchester or even the state? Opting out of tests only robs parents of that crucial data.”

Gosh, state officials never told us that the importance of the state…

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