Sunday, April 14, 2013

Guinea Pigs and Frustration

Did you know that the NYS Assessments that will be forced upon children across the Empire State contain "embedded field test" questions?  Field test questions are "trial' questions to see if they make a good question for future examinations produced by Pearson.

How does this impact your child?
  • Makes the test a longer period of time.
  • Your child will not know this is a "fake" question.  
  • Could this throw your child's entire test results off as he or she is frustrated by a question that does not count on the test? 
From  NYSED : Memo: Spring 2013 Grades 3–8 Common Core English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests and Grades 3–8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Field Tests

In this another example of Pearson and NYSED using our children?  Pearson gets a large sum of money to produce the assessment for New York, can't they come up with test questions without adding to the frustration already experienced by our children?