My favorite point is:
Know that these tests are part of a movement to privatize public education by convincing parents that our children are underperforming, compared with other countries, and a massive restructuring of the public education system is the only thing that will save the future of the US; this would involve higher standards, better teachers (which requires a de-unionized teaching force), more charter schools, vouchers for private schools, and market-based methods to make parents consumers of "public" education; they say that this is needed because of the "new" US economy, where because of economic and labor policies, we have an increasingly bimodal distribution of jobs (you are either a Walmart Greeter or a Scientist, with few solid working- and lower-middle class options left);
Parents ARIS link here.
But remember, these test scores were rigged to look bad by the NYSED and the Regents.
It's part of their plan to demonize public schools and privatize the system.
They ratcheted up the difficulty levels by two grades, they added more questions then can be completed in the time allotted and they wrote purposely confusing questions with more than one answer to make things even more difficult students
These test scores have no bearing on how well your child is doing in school.