Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña doubled down on Common Core standards that are under assault elsewhere in the state, on the eve of the first day of classes.
Fariña said New York City had the lowest opt-out rate on this year’s state Common Core math and English tests in grades 3-8 — just 1.4 percent, compared with 20 percent of students statewide who boycotted the exams.
“I don’t believe in opting out,” Fariña said Tuesday on WNYC radio, adding that boycotting standardized exams sends the wrong message to students.
“The message is, ‘You’re not ready.’ The message is, ‘You’re not accountable.’ . . . We don’t think this is reasonable,” she said.
Her comments come just days after Gov. Cuomo called for another review of the program.
The message sent by opting children out of state tests is not that students or teachers are unaccountable for performance.
The message is that NYSED, the Board of Regents, the Legislature and Governor Cuomo are accountable to the people of this state and if they're going to pursue a harmful education reform agenda, the parents of this state are not going to stand for it.
Tests rigged for 70% failure rates, a teacher evaluation system so irrational that a district just given an award for excellence for six of its schools also had some of the "worst" teachers in the state - this is a harmful agenda and since Cuomo, Tisch, Elia and the Legislature don't seem like they want to fix it, the parents of this state will have to do it for them.
It's a straw man argument to say opt out sends the message to kids that they're unaccountable.
Rather it sends the message to politicians and educrats that they are accountable.