The New York State Education Department has assigned 169 NYC schools to give “field tests” between October 23rd and 25th (for the list of schools, see Attention Parents – Get Ready for Another Surprise: More Tests in October. Testing companies use these exams to try out questions for future tests, such as the ELA and math exams that will be given in April.
This will be the third time this year that our children have been subjected to experimental testing solely for the benefit of the state’s test development contractor, NCS Pearson, Inc., with out parent’s consent.
Field tests are not mandatory for children. They have no consequences for your child’s grades or placement. If your child does not take the test, s/he will not be asked to take a make-up exam.
If you share these concerns, please download the FAQs and Letters below and join with other parents to take action:
- High-stakes standardized testing already consumes too much of our children’s valuable class time with “teaching to the test.” The curriculum has been narrowed, harming the quality of education.
- If our children are spending class time taking experimental tests for the benefit of a for-profit company, parents should be informed and asked to provide consent.