If students post low scores on the sections of the state reading test administered today, it might be in part because many could not finish in the allotted time.
“Crushed by time today. My students CAN do this level of work but many barely got to the essay or had to rush through it,” tweeted teacher Mike Locker, who estimated that only a few of his students completed the entire test.
“Perhaps 50% ‘finished’ the test, if you count rushing through an essay in ten minutes,” Locker wrote. “About 10% seemed to legitimately finish.”
Binh Thai, an eighth-grade teacher at University Neighborhood Middle School, reported that students he proctored were crying themselves. On Twitter, he wrote that the amount of work students were asked to do in 90 minutes was “absurd.”
Annie Annunziato estimated that 60 percent of her sixth-grade students completed their tests. For Emily Aptekar, another sixth-grade teacher, that rate was “a little more than half.” A “popular question” today, Aptekar wrote on Twitter, was “Will I have to repeat sixth grade if I didn’t finish my essay?” And another teacher, Katherine
Hernandez, wrote, “We had a lot of 8th graders doing the 10 minute rush essay.”
Gotham Schools reports Regents Chancellor Tisch heard directly from students who told her there wasn't enough time to complete the test.
She didn't apologize to students for this.
But why should she?
The lack of time, along with the ratcheted up difficulty, is all part of the plan to destroy schools.
When these scores come out and they fall dramatically because students couldn't finish the freaking tests, Tisch and her partner in education reform crime, John King, are going to use these scores to bludgeon "bad teachers" and "failing schools."
Meanwhile the fix was in here - they set the kids up to fail.
Not only didn't they provide the resources necessary for teachers to get their students ready for these exams, they created the exams so that half the students wouldn't be able to finish them.
Of course they'll never be called to account for the test development and time management because accountability is only for the little people, like students and teachers.
Big people like NYSED Commissioners and Regents Chancellors are never held accountable for mistakes, poor performance or, indeed, even criminal activity.
If they were, then the previous NYSED Commissioner David Steiner would be in jail for taking bribes from Pearson and the previous Regents Chancellor Richard Mills would be in jail for grade inflation and fraud.
Nope, this will all be the fault of "bad teachers" and "failing schools" - the self-fulfilling mythology narrative of the education reform movement.