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The State Board of the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) held a working group on Monday that announced that standardized testing was based on white preferences and was “armed” against colored students.
Council of State officials attended a virtual meeting called the “Working Group on Fair and Balanced Assessment with Racial Responsibility,” which was largely chaired by ODE Assessment Director Dan Farley, although several members were involved.
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Farley began the discussion by saying that the concept of standardized testing based on white preferences is the “truth” that needs to be accepted throughout the state’s education system.
“We started the conversation by presenting a concept that is not a concept, but evidence that the history of standardized testing has been framed and comes from sources of white supremacy or eugenics,” Farley said.
“The history of standardized testing is based on white supremacy, a history that has harmed students, historically and currently underserved by our educational system,” he added.
Farley said that while it may not be possible to completely eliminate standardized testing, evaluation practices can be seen as “active anti-racist levers” in the state’s education system, and communities “against which state evaluation results have been used” can be an active participant in policy development.
“We need standardization so that the test results are comparable, but I think this issue is worth questioning,” he said. “It’s not a question I, as a white man, have to go out and answer, whether I have an opinion on it or not.”
The same working group met earlier in September when Farley quoted the 2019 book How to Be Anti-Racist by renowned supporter of critical racial theory Ibram X. Candy.
“[Kendi] reminds us that “anti-racist actions must eliminate racist policies,” Farley said at the time. “Therefore, policy needs to be defined first, either because it contains racist content or contributes to racist outcomes. And while most of our state assessment requirements in Oregon are based on federal and federal statutes, the state council and evaluation team are crucial in this debate. given the impact that persists on policies and practices in Oregon schools. “
“We are working to identify racist policies and practices that we can influence to thwart them. … We are doing our best to disrupt them, ”he said.
During a discussion on Sept. 7, Farley said that standardized testing “was founded and used as a weapon for white advantage providers,” and that Oregon’s standards, curriculum, training, and assessment focused on whiteness, which promotes racist education that we are familiar with. ».
Farley cites an essay by Matthew Knester and Wayne Au in 2015, which argues that “high-rate testing combined with modern school selection systems functions as mechanisms used for racial coding that promote segregation and complex inequalities found in schools “.
Farley also referred to Gary Orfield, who argued that federal educational standards, such as “No Child Left,” contributed to America’s regression.
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The task force emerged after Democratic Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill in July that abolished the requirement for high school students to prove their knowledge of reading, writing or math before graduating.
Farley and ODE did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.