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Long Islanders Bash Testing on Twitter

See what people across Long Island said about this week's testing.

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Photo: @EARizzo57 Twitter
Scroll down in the box above and see what neighbors across Long Island were saying about this week's New York State testing.
Christopher Wendt April 09, 2014 at 07:46 AM
@ Irish Rover re: "It will be reported on the school report card." NYSED has not yet published the 2012-13 School or District Report Cards. See https://reportcards.nysed.gov/schools.php?district=800000048704&year=2010 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- New York is NOT the only state experiencing the Opt-Out movement. CT has been surprised with test refusals this year on their traditional state assessments, like the ones still used by 48 other states under NCLB. (NY and KY are the only two states using new Common Core-based assessments, but neither NY nor KY are using the same assessments). ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This spring, two federally funded state consortia are field testing CC-based assessments in limited trials in about 40 states. These assessments will be released and used in 2015 in most of those states. There will be two (2) completely different versions of CC-based assessments, in addition to the NY and the KY versions: the SBA version and the PARCC version. That will make four (4) completely separate and different versions of assessments that somehow some people will try to compare the results, and rank student and school and district and state performance! See http://www.smarterbalanced.org/ for the SBA testing consortium See http://www.parcconline.org/about-parcc for the PARCC testing consortium ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- New York is a member of PARCC, by the NY Board of Regents and our Commissioner of Education, Joh King, decided not to wait two years for the PARCC Assessments to be released (next year), but instead rushed their "own" assessment into use, last year.
Disgusted! April 09, 2014 at 08:56 AM
I wil agree that the CC was rolled out poorly, which I'm sure contributed to the 30% passing rate last year. However, whats the excuse this year? Again, I think its very sad that the expected passing rate is 30% this year. There's no excuse for that. The only reason for the same results are because teachers, who don't want to be accountable for the new standards and parents, who don't want to take some extra time to help their kids through this new and difficult program, are digging their heels in. I understand that the CC is very difficult, but instead of helping students to be successful, many of their parents and the teachers unions are settling for failure. Opting out should never be an option, unless you have a child with some special needs. For everyone else its part of life. Students have to learn to deal with adversity. Parents shouldn't be shielding them from it, but instead teaching them how to get through it, and teachers should be supporting that mentality.
Irish Rover April 09, 2014 at 10:51 PM
Liz, my point is a reality about home values. Not a stretch as you suggest. I know a principal who invited local realtors in for open houses to demonstrate how well the school was doing to offset the negative publicity portrayed by media. I saw firsthand parents who relocated to another school based on test scores. Parents don't trust realtors, they look on Greatschools.com and see a test score. Newspapers and news outlets report test scores, they don't take the time to break down why they schools score low let alone why they score high. Most parents won't spend the time to interview or do a walkthrough for a public school before attending.
Irish Rover April 09, 2014 at 10:53 PM
Liz, not to beat a dead horse, do your own research about test scores and home values. I think you will be convinced.
Irish Rover April 09, 2014 at 11:18 PM
Disgusted, you are talking about teacher union leadership. IMO Tenure and teacher unions are killing the quality of American education. Be accountable or get out of the profession.

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