- Why does my child have to take another test?
- Why do Pearson and NYSED contribute to more loss of instruction time? (field tests are 40 minutes, plus set up and collection time)
- Why does my child's grade level have to take the field test, but others in our school do not?
- Did NYSED, Pearson or my child's school get my permission to use my child to help produce future tests?
- Is my child being used as a source of child labor by completing the field test so Pearson can profit from its contract with NYSED?
- Find out if your child's grade level will be taking this June's field test. Each school, public, private or charter will be administering field tests in one or two grade levels.
- Ask your child's school to not administer this year's field tests.
- Tell your child's school that you do not give the school, NYSED or Pearson permission for your child to take the field test.
- Have your child opt-out by sitting through the test without answering any questions. Most kids can handle this for the 40 minute time frame. They can pass the time by reading the questions, writing a letter on the test booklet to NYSED or Pearson, or just creatively doodle on the test booklet.
- Spread the word to other parents - power in numbers. Talk, use email or social media to spread the information.
- Contact the local media. Media outlets across New York have run many stories on the NYS Assessments this spring, tell them the exams are not over.
- Some parents were understandably worried about harming their child, teacher or school by opting out of the regular operational exams. The field tests have absolutely no bearing on your child's academic progress, teacher's evaluation or school's rating.
- There are no "make-ups" for students who do not take the test during the one-time only exam period.
5/23/2012: WSJ article. I think Comm King only believes in using tests to assess our kids.
5/23/2012: NY Times,- field test opt-out
Join the boycott!
Preparation of Students for Field Testing
All students should be properly prepared for taking the field tests. The administration of the field tests should be announced to students before the date that the field tests are scheduled to be administered. All announcements should be made in such a way as to increase the students’ interest in the field tests without causing them to become overly anxious. Having recently completed the April 2012 Grades 3–8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Operational Tests, each student will be familiar with the general types of questions and tools used on the field tests and the procedures that they should follow when recording the answers to the field test questions. For additional instructions, refer to the Teacher’s Directions, which are shipped to schools with the field tests.