Disheartened and Disgusted


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Candice, Parent
April 4 at 12:51 pm ET
I hope that more administrators across the state were looking as closely as you did to the content of this year's tests. I thank you for standing up and speaking out, and for deciding to move forward in a way that is best for the most important stake holders.....the students.
Lucy Calkins, Committee Member
April 3 at 10:44 pm ET
I'm writing to the administrator who left the initial post, and to those that follow. The news I am hearing from all corners is that this year's NYS test was deeply flawed. One principal is organizing a rally outside her school tomorrow--Friday--to communicate to parents the teachers and administrator's dissatisfaction with the test. This principal is writing public posts, letting parents know that nothing of value will be learned from students' scores. You will not be alone, protesting. A storm is brewing. Most of the principals I know, like you, have resisted taking on the role of dissident. They tried to give NYS another chance, believing they'd learn from last year. But I think something has turned for them now.
Anonymous, Parent
April 3 at 9:57 pm ET
Love the sentiment of this post. You have come to the only sane conclusion I have heard. But I would like to speak to Margaret, the parent who posted above. Your response seems very logical, and in the past, being good at the subject matter would allow things on the test to fall into place for the students to be successful. However, this has been a test like no other! The questions did not always have clear answers, even to adults. My students who had mastered the content and skills still struggled to figure out what the question was talking about. My less able students were just taking shots in the dark. I have never heard such questions and cannot imagine asking them to a fourth grader! It's a whole new world now - and not a happy one.
Anonymous, Parent
April 3 at 9:55 pm ET
Honestly, my third grade daughter felt that the testing was really not that difficult besides being longer than a normal exam. What I can see from speaking with her and her friends is that they felt like it was basically a normal day at school. I don't know how she will ultimately be scored on the exam but she was not stressed or frustrated by the exams.
Katie Lapham, Teacher
April 3 at 8:53 pm ET
Thank you for speaking out!
Margaret, parent, Parent
April 3 at 8:18 pm ET
Yours is a voice of reason. That is exactly what should be done. Teach the basics and the rest should all fall into place. If they have become proficient in the subject matter, they should be able to answer the questions on a fair ELA. When they are spending so much time "teaching to the test," all the things that they should be learning are falling to the wayside. I will say that my children dd not have enough writing assignments; not enough book reports, essays, research papers, etc. at the elementary level.
Cathie, Parent
April 3 at 8:15 pm ET
God bless you!
Anonymous, Administrator, Other
April 3 at 6:50 pm ET
Yours is the voice of professionalism, reason, and humanity.
Megan, Teacher
April 3 at 5:07 pm ET
Well said. How can we (and why would we) prepare students for something that makes absolutely no sense and shows little to nothing about who they are as learners?
April 3 at 4:46 pm ET
I would love to attend your school

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