State Releases Spring Test Scores: Parents & Teachers are NOT Impressed
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has spent the summer putting out a series of public relations press releases, sharing some of the grade 3-8 test items, and building suspense around yesterday’s release of test scores. Change the Stakes, a group of parents and educators who seek to end high-stakes testing, see NYSED’s annual release of test scores as a ritual designed to distract from the true harm that the Common Core and high-stakes tests are causing to the public school system. CONTINUE READING
DOE Resources on New Promotion Policy
This spring the NYC Department of Education (DOE) changed its promotion policy to align with a new state law that says that standardized test scores cannot be the sole or primary basis for promotion decisions. This means that children with low test scores or no test scores do not necessarily have to take an alternative assessment to be promoted. Because the policy is new, many school officials are still figuring out how to properly implement it. MORE INFORMATION HERE.
NYC Parents Talk about Why They’re Refusing the Tests
Sample Opt-Out Letters
Will My School Lose Funding?
From the NYC Department of Education
For the official take, see the NYCDOE’s Student Participation in Grades 3-8 New York State Tests Parent Guide (pdf)