Students and teachers at 1,100 city schools — plus an additional 3,000 statewide — are confronting more state-mandated tests this week.
For the third straight year, the state and its testing company, Pearson, are conducting stand-alone field testing for several hundred thousand pupils — tests that don’t count but are used to identify possible items for next year’s state tests.
“We’re so overtested it’s beyond belief,” William Calla, the superintendent of the Fairport Central School District in suburban Rochester, said. That’s why he is among some 20 school superintendents who have rebelled this time.
“There’s absolutely nothing in the commissioner’s regulations or federal education law that requires us to give these tests,” Calla said. “I just shipped the test package back unopened.”
I understand that Farina took over mid-year and so it was difficult to do a total overhaul of both Tweed and the Bloomberg policies this academic year.
But here's an important question:
Will de Blasio and Farina end the failed Bloomberg education policies by cleaning house at Tweed over the summer or will the Bloomberg holdovers still be here in September?
Because if they are, then as Juan Gonzalez points out, the failed Bloomberg policies will still be here too and that means despite the words we have heard from both de Blasio and Farina about a new era of collaboration between educators and parents, a new era when students are more than their test scores, nothing of substance will have really changed from the Bloomberg Years to the De Blasio Years.