Saturday, September 15, 2012

Field Tests coming to NY Schools in October

New York Parents- be aware that NYSED and Pearson are forcing our schools to waste more time on testing. In over 500 schools children will be "guinea pigs" on the Field Tests given from October 23-25. If your school is not selected in the fall, then it will be conducting the tests in the spring.  

A "field test" is an exam that Pearson uses to help create the "regular" exams for our children.  So basically our students are being used as "test subjects" to create future tests.  This is another huge waste of valuable education time trying out test questions for the "real" tests, both of which do nothing to improve our children's education.

List of schools NYSED is forcing to give FIELD TESTS: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B8sMmAT7SjraX0hzb0JhOHhOUkk

NYSED memo on the testing: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/ei/2013/nystp-ft-13.pdf

Parents- Contact your school board, superintendent, principal and teachers.  Ask the school to refuse to give the "fake" tests.  Our children are already inundated with enough mandated testing.  Inform your school that your child will not be taking the field tests.

These tests have no bearing on your child's academic progress and are not used to evaluate our schools or teachers.  Because the field tests have no educational use for our children or schools, this is an easy decision to opt out your child. 

Sadly our children see these tests as a regular part of their school day.  Unlike the state testing in the spring, parents are not informed of this testing that dominates our children's educational experiences.

Here is some more information on New York City parents who said NO to the field tests this past spring.