The doyenne of testing herself, Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, fired back quickly:
It used to be easy to ignore the most vulnerable students. Without assessments, it was easy to ignore the achievement gap for African-American and Latino students. Without an objective measure of their progress, it was easy to deny special education students and English Language Learners the extra resources they need. Without state tests, it was easy for a struggling 4th grader in a wealthy district to get lost. Obviously we still need to do more for those students, but now is not the time to put blinders back on.
Gee, that's awfully close to calling opt-out supporters racists, isn't it?
That's how desperate the deformers have become to keep their House of Cards from toppling over.
High stakes testing and teacher evaluations tied to those tests is a civil right and if you're opposed to either of those, you're a racist.
One thing Cuomo hasn't banked on in this education reform fight - he can smear the teachers as lazy incompetents who don't want to be evaluated, he can pull his budget machinations and win the day for his deform agenda when he holds the state education aid hostage, but he can't force parents across this state to have their children sit for the state tests.
The battle now moves to the opt-out movement for the state tests - and if NYSUT actually does what Magee said they would do today and back it (and call me skeptical on that count), then we just may be able to starve NYSED and the Regents of much of their precious data and put a shiv into Cuomo's reform agenda anyway.
No wonder Tisch lashed out so quickly after Magee said NYSUT would back opting out of the state tests.
The Deform House of Cards can only stand so long as there's data at the base.
Get rid of the data and down come cards.