Ms. Tisch said that Ms. Elia had told the Board of Regents she would present a plan to them in September about how she would work with superintendents and principals whose districts and schools had high opt-out rates, in order to get them to reverse the tide of test refusals.Ms. Tisch did not rule out withholding money in the future if the state discovered that district officials were encouraging opt-outs.School officials need to know, Ms. Tisch said, that “they have to be responsible to work with parents to explain why the testing system is so important to the district and to the school.”
That warning came after NYSED Commissioner MaryEllen Elia called teachers who support or encourage opt out "unethical."
Elia also warned:
I don't agree with opt out. I will, uh, and am moving forward to do everything I can so that we can make sure that we don't have our opt out in any way grow and in fact when people I think become more aware of the importance of having the assessments
There are ramifications that can occur. I'm not saying what will occur, I'm just saying there are. The federal government has the ability to withdraw funds from districts and we have the ability as the state to say to any educator that's not an ethical thing you're doing. We have the ability to say to a superintendent, um, I just want you to know that you are an officer of the state and encouraging people to not follow the law is not acceptable.
A commenter at Perdido Street School took the gauntlets thrown down by Tisch and Elia for opt out next year to the the logical conclusion: they are going to go after any educators - teachers, administrators or superintendents - who are not fully on board the Endless Testing regime express:
Cuomo's, Tisch's, and now Elia's recent statements are suggesting how they will be approaching Opt Out.....3020A'ing any "educator," Admin or teacher, who in any way support or do not OPPOSE opt out. Cuomo and Tisch were putting the happy face on it to parents.....no penalties! And Elia was very clear in saying that any educators who support opt out are "unethical." That suggests the "moral character" language of a 3020A.
Their path forward cannot be penalizing parents, kids, or funding of schools...thats a political shit storm and they know it. The only thing left on the table are those that they are trying to destroy anyway.....educators....so thats where the hammer will fall for opt out.
Doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that writing on the wall. We've been warned. Hey NYSUT leadership...y'all listening? Nope, probably not.
The commenter nailed it with her/his comment - the politics around Endless Testing and opt out are such that the politicians and the educrats cannot punish the parents or the students.
But the teachers - well, that's another matter, isn't it?
The language being used here, especially by Elia - people who support opt out are "not reasonable," teachers who "support or encourage opt out...are unethical" - suggests they will look to frame opt out as the evil educators manipulating parents into opting their kids out of the state tests.