New York's youngest students need teaching and learning, not standardized testing.
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Bloomberg-style "drill-and-kill" standardized test prep has sadly become the norm for our students. Now he's taking his testing mania to a whole new level, insisting that our youngest students in grades pre-K to 2 complete bubble tests that are wholly inappropriate for their developmental levels.
Prekindergarten through second grade are vital years for developing students' cognitive thinking, building their educational foundation and instilling a love of learning in them. Filling in bubble tests will not accomplish any of these goals.
That's why we have joined with our state affiliate NYSUT and education advocacy groups across the state to urge the governor, the state Legislature and the State Education Department of New York to ban standardized testing in pre-K through second grade.
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Michael Mulgrew and the UFT leadership signed onto the Race to the Top application which required that teacher evaluations be tied to test scores, Michael Mulgrew and the UFT leadership helped to develop the APPR evaluation system that linked teacher evaluations to test scores and Michael Mulgrew and the UFT leadership concurred when Dick Iannuzzi and the NYSUT dropped a successful lawsuit against the Regents for expanding the testing component of the teacher evaluation law to 40%.
In short, few people in this state are more responsible for the testing problem than Michael Mulgrew and the UFT leadership.
In addition to a recess from the tests, we need a recess from such destructive and hypocritical union leadership.
Mulgrew's Recess from the Tests petition went to my junkmail where it belongs.
We don't need a recess from the tests.
We need to change the teacher evaluation law that requires all these tests in the first place.
Kill the law and there will be no reason to have the tests - they're only in place to grade the teachers.