Malverne Parent Says State Testing Like Monty Python's 'Holy Grail' [Video]

Jeanne D’Esposito urges district officials to stop putting so much emphasis on NYS assessments.

It's no secret that most educators and many parents are not fans of the standardized testing their students are subjected to by New York State nor the increased emphasis their districts, politicians and the media continue to give them.

But few have been able to sum up their frustration with the testing craze as eloquently and comically as Jeanne D’Esposito. Tired of seeing her child, a student in the Malverne school district, come home with packets of practice tests for the NYS assessments in Math and English Language Arts, and fed up with how the "rigged" exams have devalued the academic progress made by Malverne's teachers and students, D'Esposito delivered this speech Wednesday night during the September business meeting of the Malverne school board.

Click on the video above to hear what she had to say and share your own thoughts on the testing craze in the space below.

the big kahuna September 14, 2012 at 05:16 PM
i must have missed something. when did malverne become such a great school district? Most send their kids to private school. maybe a little more work will help these kids learn! Wake up.
Scout Mom September 14, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Kahuna you clearly have missed something !!
Joyce Livingstone September 14, 2012 at 06:21 PM
@kahuna - you are correct. Residents of Malverne and Lynbrook dont want their kids in this school. They send them to Davison ave at best and then get them out of there before they have to mix at the middle school. The school district is a dump thats why they have to overpay for a Superintendent. Teachers need to work harder to teach these kids.
Scout Mom September 14, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Joyce your just as narrow minded as kahuna.. I suppose in your world the general concensus is that malverne and lynbrook don't want their kids in the dump of a school bEcause you spoke to everyone that lives there . Now what did you mean about the mixing? If its bc of the diversity once again you are being narrow minded bc most private schools on long island are also diversified. Malverne like other districts has its share of issues but to call it a dump is extreme .. Go check your facts
Joyce Livingstone September 14, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Scout mom - not opininion but fact. Thats why those moms were going on TV at the Malverne meetings begging for kids to stay at the school. If you dont want to deal with the facts of the situation that is fine. People are moving their kids out of the Malverne public schools after Davison because they dont want them in that environment. You can stick your head in the sand and think differently but look at the breakdowns before and after middle school and their is a significant change. Yes it is a dump. Otherwise you could get quality staff and administrators wiithout having to overpay. The facts speak for themselves.
Scout Mom September 14, 2012 at 06:55 PM
There is no room for me to possibly stick my head in the sand when your head is taking up so much room. your exactly the kind of negativity that keeps progress from happening.
Joyce Livingstone September 14, 2012 at 07:07 PM
There has been absolutely no progress at Malverne schools that is why teachers are whining about the emphasis on student tests. If students were doing better they would be happy to use them. Why do you think Hunderfund had to be overpaid so much to come to Malerne - because it was such a good district??? Look at what the surrounding superintendents make.
Madeline Bernard September 14, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Mrs. Esposito, I loved what you said about testing. Thank you for standing up for your opinion and talking and your board meeting.
Anna September 15, 2012 at 01:43 PM
What a crock! While I do believe Hunderfund is way overpaid, the same goes for all the superintendents on Long Island. (Have you seen what Rockville Centre's superintendent gets paid?) They're ALL overpaid in relation to the number of students they oversee. This is an island-wide problem. And they compete (seek raises) to keep up with each other salary-wise, The superintendent of New York City's schools oversees way more students and doesn't get paid anywhere near what LI's supes do.
Kathleen September 15, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Thank you for your passion, Jeanne! I have a dream, that one day politicians will begin to hear from more parents like you in regards to this destructive mentality of testing. While there needs to be assessments and measures to a student's progress, this hyper focus on poorly created, low-level thinking tests needs to stop. This focus on testing keeps public education stunted in its growth. We are not raising independent thinkers with this test focus, we are training children, instead to expect life in filled with multiple choice questions. It is time for parents and K-12 educators to take a stand against this test-mania! Jeanne- may your passion ignite others!
psychlauren September 15, 2012 at 06:48 PM
@ joyce, i am a malverne school district graduate, class of 2003, I am a successful school psychologist in a long island school district and would not trade my malverne education. Not only did it prepare me academically, but it prepared me socially. I resent you calling my alma mater, as well as my entire successful family's-generations past- alma mater 'a dump'. If you believe the world is one way, i suggest you try to find somewhere else to live. You seem to be socially inept if you think you are going to find something different anywhere you go. Malverne employs some of the best, dedicated,hardworking individuals you will ever find. They are able to work with people of different cultures, ethnicities and backgrounds as well as educate students with diverse levels of preparedness for learning. Public schools have no, i repeat no, selective enrollment. Therefore, making my previous statement that much more meaningful. If you feel so strongly about malverne schools being "a dump" then why do you waste your time commenting...just leave.
Margaret Doran Delligatti September 17, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Big kahuna & Joyce livingstone I think you should check your facts. You obviously have no idea what your talking about. If you don't use our excellent schools maybe you should keep your negative opinions to yourself.
the big kahuna September 17, 2012 at 07:33 PM
check your facts. GO to newday and look at Malverne HS The testing results stink. Dont make this racial- it has to do with the fact that a large majority of the residents send thier children to Private school because they are not comfortable with the acedemic program at malverne. Make the school better and the will stay.sorry scout mom the results speak for themselves!
Jina Seid September 17, 2012 at 07:37 PM
@kahuna you are right - the test results stink at Malverne and people dont want to send their kids to the schools.


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