Dear Community Member/Parents,,
It’s time to take a step back and look at New York’s over reliance on standardized Common Core tests. Ask yourself:
- Doesn’t it seem wrong that teachers are evaluated on their student’s test performance, when these tests have never been proven as reliable or valid measures of either student or teacher performance?
- Shouldn’t we take a step back and first prove these tests are valid measures of student achievement before we sacrifice so much instructional time and money ?
- Doesn’t government work better when it is open and transparent? Shouldn’t we be able to see all of the actual test questions? Wouldn’t it help student learning if teachers knew what questions each of their students got right and wrong on state tests?
- Shouldn’t we focus our time and energy on those districts that need the most help given that our resources are limited?
- Can’t we work to stop the proposal to make field-testing mandatory, thereby taking away even more instructional time for unproven tests?
If you answered “yes” to each of these questions , please consider copying and pasting the letter below into your own email and use the appropriate emails that are provided, asking NYS Regents to Rethink NYS’s Reliance on High Stakes, Unproven Tests.
|Town of Ossining||Town of Mount Pleasant|
|NYS Senator – 38th District David Carlucci
|NYS Senator – 40th District Greg Ball
|NYS Assemblyperson – 95th District Sandy Galef
|NYS Assemblyperson – 92nd District Thomas Abinanti
New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King
New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch
New York State Govenor Andrew Cuomo
Subject: Take Action to Review & Revise NY’s APPR Evaluation System
I urge you to take immediate action to address the APPR design and implementation issues.