April 20Tell SED, Regents about YOUR experience with ELA testing
Whether it was the paper/pencil exams or the computer-based tests, we've been flooded with troubling reports on the state's ELA tests. Now's the time to share your experiences with the SED Commissioner and the Regents. NYSUT has set up an email action center to contact them now.
Meanwhile, testing company Questar's problems continued this week, with reports of a cyberattack affecting student tests in seven states — including a small number in New York. NYSUT EVP DiBrango said New York State computer-based testing must stop until SED figures out what's going on. "Student data privacy must be protected," she said.
On the other hand, the UFT was silent on the testing in the weekly Chapter Leader Update. Michael Mulgrew did say they would present a resolution on computerized testing at the NYSUT Representative Assembly.
This is from Jonathan Halabi's notes of the President's Report from the Delegate Assembly posted at NYC Educator:
The state tests have started. “Untimed testing” has meant some kids are sitting forever. We are going to the Board of Regents with this one. Outside of the City there have been huge problems with computerized testing. We are having conversations with NYSUT – the State is doing it all wrong. We will ask for a statewide committee for guidelines before we start computerized testing (and the UFT delegation will propose this at the NYSUT Representative Assembly in Buffalo next week).
Just what we need: another committee on testing. Note that the UFT nowhere says that they oppose the state tests. The UFT just wants them implemented in a better way.
So called progressive NYC is now as far as I can tell the last stronghold in NYS, and maybe nationally too, of assess (I won't say test) and punish education with the full support of the UFT.
Remember also that teachers are rated on some assessment or another that was not designed to rate teachers. I ask again for people to spread the petition at the right of this blog to get student assessments out of teacher ratings and return it to the local districts. Here is the link to the petition which is slowly but surely building momentum. We are within striking distance of 1,000 signatures. Teachers have to know about it so we need everyone to get the word out. Hopefully, the testing issue and UFT support for tests will come up at the NYSUT RA next week.