If you have had any qualms about refusing the tests in the past, please realize this is the only choice parents have left.
The only way to end this hellish cycle of testing abuse, firing teachers, and the taking over of “failing schools”, is to starve the data machine as designed by nysed.
Parent activist Danielle Tache Gabrielini writes this comment about why we fight the corporate and federal take over of our schools, and why the regents have again failed us all. Here is why it is every parent’s responsibility to their children and their schools to refuse to provide data, by opting out.
“Since the disastrous vote of the NYS regents this week solidifies the 50% APPR, our biggest defense is 100% refusal. Teachers can’t be graded on tests NO ONE takes.
Parents if you think this is no big deal, you are wrong. The scores were cut for the past two years (*after* the tests were taken) to ensure that 70% of NY students failed, which they did, so teachers and principals received “ineffective” ratings. When a teacher or principal receives such a rating for a few years in a row, they are fired. When a school receives such a rating for a certain amount of years, they will be taken over by the state or closed.
Even if you think your child will do well on the test, it doesn’t matter. You have no way of knowing the outcome. Many students who received 3’s and 4’s on the tests before cc, for the past two years received 2’s on the tests.
I repeat, these tests have NOTHING to do with your child’s education, they are not factored into report cards, not used to promote your child to the next grade and are not required for graduation, (3-8) and force the teachers and students into almost a full year of “test prep.” That means your child has NO time for history science, music, art, fun projects or field trips. The tests serve NO educational purpose what so ever.
YOU are not doing yourself or your child ANY favors by having them take these tests. You are doing a disservice to your child, your teacher, principal, school, and public education as a whole. Please educate yourself on this issue. IT IS A NIGHTMARE. Ask yourself this question, “What will you do when your child’s favorite teacher is fired? What will you do when you have absolutely NO say in your child’s education? What will you do when your child school gets taken over or shut down? Think it will never happen, think again. It’s happened already in some states and is continuing to happen all over the country, even in NY state.
Parents, it is time for action. Those in power are trying to “divide and conquer.” They are trying to pit parents against teachers and are thinking we are all too stupid to realize what is going on.
Please make some noise and DO something. YOUR child’s future depends on it. NY students have already wasted FOUR YEARS ON COMMON CORE, FOUR YEARS THEY WILL NEVER GET BACK. THAT IS SHAMEFUL, EVEN WORSE IS IF WE LET IT CONTINUE.”
The regents have become a political force in the oligarchy that leads New York and this entire country. They do not represent the children, nor the teachers. They now represent big money and big government. New York is the only state with the burden of a team of political cronies put in power to enforce poor educational policy. They have become obsolete, and worse, harmful.
What’s going on right now?
Elia is having meetings with
school officials all over the state to teach them how to implement her “tool kit” against parent refusals. She thinks parents are clueless and has failed to address a single real concern. She promised to listen and instead, like recently promoted John King, has talked over us and AT us, instead.
New York’s department of Ed has simultaneously become a joke and a pity. The regents were supposed to protect our schools. They have failed.