Mayor de Blasio, on the other hand, said he sympathizes with parent frustration over the testing regime:
“I understand their frustrations. When my children were participating in high stakes testing, I saw the same dynamics I think a lot of other parents have seen. The kids feel very nervous, they feel very overwhelmed by the process,” de Blasio said Wednesday.
"We are clear that we’re going to do everything in our power to move away from high stakes testing,” de Blasio said - while acknowledging that much of the testing regime is mandated by the state and federal government. “I think parents are keying into something that’s very real in terms of wanting to see a more balanced system.”
He noted his administration plans to scrap the use of tests as the sole measure to give letter grades to each school.
“A certain number of actions were taken by the previous administration that were optional, if you will, that were the choice of New York City to put more weight on high stakes tests,” he said. “We’re going to roll back a number of those actions. And I think parents who have a concern about high stakes testing are going to be reassured by that.”
Alas, with 40% of teacher evaluations coming from performance assessments and state tests, there will be lots of testing going on in NYC schools and there is little that de Blasio can do about it.
And how about De Blasio's school chancellor, Carmen Farina - where is she on opting out?
Not sounding as sympathetic as the boss:
Schools chancellor Carmen Farina said while parents have a right to opt out, they should understand it could have consequences for their kids.
“The one thing that parents need to know [is] that a lot of our middle schools still for example have admissions procedures and those admissions procedures sometimes are based on the fourth grade test,” she said. “So parents do have choices to make, but they should be aware that all changes have consequences.”
To be fair, though, Farina is nowhere as shrill over opting out as Tisch.
The sheer gall to say Astorino is "contributing to our decline".
I'm so old, I can remember when Merryl Tisch was defending former NYSED Commissioner Richard Mills over lower standards.
If you don't, you can see some of that history here.