NYS Assessments — responses and additional information

Thanks to everyone who responded to my last post!  I got all sorts of excellent links and articles supporting my stance (wishy washy though it is) on high stakes testing.  I thought I’d share a few I found most illuminating:

This one is from the NYS Union of Teachers, and I feel it is an incisive and clear look at how the rush to implement new curriculum, new testing requirements and new teacher assessments is affecting our children and their education.

This article comes from the blog of Jason Stanford, a regular columnist for the Austin American Statesman.  He writes about how Texas — TEXAS! —  is leading the charge against all the high stakes testing, and he describes just how deep the conflict of interest between testing corporations and politically appointed education advisors is.

This article was written by Carol Corbett Burris, principal of South Side High School in New York. She was named the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State.  She asks “Why are our 9 year olds subjected to state exams that last as long or are longer than entrance and certifying exams for adult professionals who make life and death decisions?  Why are the 75-minute third-grade state exams of 2005 no longer enough? The honest answer is that testing is now hardly about students at all.”

This last is a letter from Ossining Superintendent Ray Sanchez that just reiterates the NYS Education Department memo that declares the NYS assessments part of your child’s education:

This letter is being written to provide you with information regarding the District’s responsibilities to administer the New York State Education Department (NYSED) required English Language Arts and/or Math assessments.  Please be informed that according to NYSED regulations, “State tests are considered part of a “course of study” and, are included as part of the program requirements for students in Grades 3–8”.  If your child attends school during the testing dates or make up dates, we are required to administer the State assessment to your child. 

In accordance to No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation, the failure to comply with the requirements provided above will have a negative impact on a school or school district’s accountability, as all schools are required to have a 95% participation rate in State testing.  In addition, it will affect our Title 1 funding.

So, basically, our children are going to spend nine hours over the next two weeks taking tests that they are almost guaranteed not to be properly prepared for, which will cause their scores to suffer in comparison with last year, but that New York State will still use to rate teachers and schools.

Does this make sense?

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