As part of the “tool kit” put together by Commissioner Elia and the NYSED, schools have started to distribute this flyer in an effort to coerce parents into participating in the 2016 Grade 3-8 Math and ELA tests. Much of the information provided is true: but plenty of information has been conveniently omitted from this flyer as the Commissioner continues to try to deceive the public into thinking that these “changes” will benefit children. Parents are not appeased because the bottom line is as such: testing still dominates their child’s educational experience.
Let’s take a closer look at what NYSED “forgot” to mention and it will be easy to see why parents will continue to opt out of testing this spring.
In reality, tests are still excessively long. 8-year-old children will be tested for over an hour for 3 consecutive days for ELA and repeat that schedule the following week for…
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