This Article May Be Illegal: Lifting the Veil of Silence on Standardized Testing


What you are about to read may be a criminal act. I may have broken the law by putting this information out there. Edward Snowden leaked data about civilian surveillance.

Chelsea Manning released top secret military documents. And me? I’m leaking legal threats and intimidation students and teachers are subject to during standardized testing. Not exactly a federal crime is it? No. I’m asking. Is it? Because teachers are being fired and jailed . Students are being threatened with litigation . All because they talked about standardized tests.

The US government mandates public school children be subjected to standardized assessments in reading and math in grades 3-8 and once in high school. Most schools test much more than that — even as early as kindergarten .

And since all of these assessments are purchased from private corporations, the testing material is ideological property. The students taking these exams — regardless of age — are no longer treated as children. They are clients entering into a contract. At the start of these tests, students are warned of the legal consequences of violating the terms of this agreement.