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Starting in 2013, IUME is excited to re-implement our newsletters as a regular part of our communications inside and outside the Teachers College community. To join our mailing list, please visit the home page. All newsletters will archived on this page.

2013-2014 Academic Year

Vol. 1, Issue 1 (October 2013)

Vol. 1, Issue 2 (November 2013)

Vol. 1, Issue 3 (February 2014)

Vol. 1, Issue 4 (March 2014)

Vol. 1, Issue 5 (April-May 2014)

IUME History Corner: A Look Into the Archives

1976 Memorandum on Testing by Dr. Edmund Gordon (February 2014)
Response for Dr. Edmund Gordon, Feb. 20, 2014: 
It is very sad to note that the situation involving the use of standardized tests has not substantially changed, except for the worse. I object to the use of data from standardized tests to implement a punishment and reward approach to accountability for academic achievement. Today I am more reluctant to call for a moratorium on the use of standardized tests with cultural and ethnic minority children than I was forty years ago, but only because testing has become so much a part of our education culture and can be a more positive force. The fact is that we people of color and other marginalized folk should "just say no" to participation in standardized testing for accountability purposes because measurement science now has the capacity to use assessment to better inform responsible teaching and learning. However, testing will likely not make that contribution until the testing industry is forced to do so by our refusal to permit the industry and education systems to test our children in standardized ways that do not serve the optimal pedagogical purposes of the people who must do the learning and teaching. (See www.GordonCommission.org for alternatives.)

1992 Teaching Foreign Languages to Young Students (April-May 2014)