A parent wrote a letter to the Albany Times Union to say that he had called NYSED to see if there was an opt-out clause from the field testing.
He was told by a deputy education commissioner that there was not.
He goes on to write:
This bothers me as an educator and as a parent of four children.
Perhaps I will take the lead of Dr. John King, state education commissioner, whose children won't be in a school where this field testing will occur because they go to private school. Maybe I'll keep my children home.
In a recent commentary by Dr. King ("Give students their moment," Sept. 5), he writes of the so-called "education reform agenda" including teacher evaluations and the Common Core Standards: "These changes will be felt in every classroom in the state." This statement is not true, as private schools are not subject to these mandates and are therefore exempt. Besides the obvious hypocrisy, it seems patently unethical to not allow an "opt out" clause for the field tests being foisted upon students attending public schools.
Commissioner John King is the perfect man to lead the NYSED through its reform agenda.
Just like so many others in the corporate education reform movement - from Barack Obama to Rahm Emanuel to Bill Gates to Arnie Duncan - King loves to pontificate about how he is making the public schools that Other People's Children (OPC's) attend better.
How is he doing this?
By forcing standardized testing in every grade in every subject, K-12, by narrowing the curricula and spending enormous amounts of time, money and effort on standardized tests, by tying teacher evaluations and school closures to the test scores and by stealing money from the classroom in order to hand it to the tech, test and education consultants.
Meanwhile, the school that King sends his kids to - a private Montessori school - doesn't do any of these things.
Oh, no - what's good for Other People's Children is NOT good enough for John King's little darlings.
They deserve small class sizes, a rich, diverse curriculum, excellent facilities and a school not run on test-based FEAR.
King doesn't have to worry about an opt-out clause for his own kids and the Pearson field tests because his kids aren't taking them.
If the so-called reforms that King is pushing on the rest of the state are so good, why doesn't he subject his OWN children to them?
Oh, right - it's because
a) He's full of shit that the NYSED/Regents reform agenda is going to "give students their moment" and he knows it and
b) Because he's a hypocrite.