Stop The High Stakes

Dated: November 18 2014

Views: 1604

As the school year forges on, high stakes testing remains a constant topic of discussion.  Across New York State, students, educators and parents continue to struggle with Common Core.  Opposition to the standards continues to grow right alongside looming PARCC and field testing.  So, I beg the question, have our state officials somehow forgotten that they are public servants?  Our school districts are drowning in oceans of testing and the latest news we receive is talk of mandatory field testing?  I view this as a slap in the face.  What happened to advocating for the children?

Why are NYS officials making decisions that hurt students and aim to benefit huge corporations like Pearson?  The state education department cannot require students to participate in field testing for the benefit of Pearson. Students cannot be forced to volunteer.  People normally get paid for participation.  I reject Ken Wagner's recent statements which attempt to explain the importance of district participation.  I actually find it mind blowing.  Our students should be mandated to take a test that tests the tests.  Yes, that's right.  Districts should have their students do so for free, so Pearson can use the data to make their tests supposedly better.  Really?

I say this:  Preserve the countless hours of lost classroom instruction and make some different decisions.  Let's see some real policies implemented that will serve our students and teachers well.  We need policies that drastically reduce testing.  Oh and by the way, for those who are doubting, it is very high stakes.  Imagine the enormous amount of pressure that is being placed on students, especially our younger ones and our Special Education population.  It's very sad indeed.  Help protect today's students and refuse to participate in field testing and high stakes testing.  Unfortunately, this seems to be the most prevalent way to send the message loud and clear to our education department.

Blog author image

Mary Lovera

In today’s world, our relationships are very important so much so that The Right Relationships can make all the difference. This year marks my 20th year in Real Estate. In that time, I’ve happ....

Want to Advertise on this Site?

Latest Blog Posts

Cinco De Mayo Festivities Keep Nyack Dancing

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican culture which commemorates the unlikely victory of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin over French forces at the battle of Puebla May 5th, 1862. The celebration

Read More

Rockland Has A Cidery In Orangeburg

Who knew? Most people head to Orange County for the nearest place to sip locally brewed hard cider. But, one only needs to make their way to Van Houten Farms in Orangeburg to enjoy locally brewed

Read More

Growing Your Own Flowers In Nyack

Every year I think I'm going to plant a flower garden that would rival the ones that my Grandmother had (flowers everywhere, every possible kind, and all of them were gorgeous.)

Read More

10 Digit Dialing Coming To The Hudson Valley

Residents of much of the Hudson Valley will soon be required to dial all 10 digits to make local calls within their areas codes after the Federal Communications Commission adopted 988 as a new

Read More
Fair Housing Icon NY Fair Housing Notice