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Thousands of Students Opt Out on First Day of N.Y. State Tests

Thousands of Students Opt Out on the First Day of N.Y. State Tests The exact numbers aren’t in yet but the buzz on the street is that MANY parents are taking a stance against standardized testing and choosing to not subject their children to these stressful assessments. One Long Island teacher said out of 22…
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Common Core Pushed Me Out the Door

My departing words after a thirty-year career teaching special education in several public schools is this: Common Core pushed me out the door! I will be the first to admit, this may sound surprising and probably premature on my part - "retiring" (especially since I still have two of my own in college). But, I am leaving my…
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NOT – DONE WITH TESTING!

Update:  It is June 10th and I am still testing! Just finished the 7th-grade social studies "consortium test" that went from 7:55 until 10:40 for some students that needed extra time. Hope it was OK that I allowed those with "breaks given" during testing on their IEP's a few minutes to stretch... My 8th graders…
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Standardized Testing Tyrants – Parents Opt Out

By Marina Stenson & Jayne Clare  AUSSTEIGEN! (Opt Out in German) is all I can say, after a meeting earlier this week regarding the new proctoring mandates and lack of IEP Testing Modifications for Standardized Testing that began on Tuesday. All but extended time is VERBOTEN! It is a Misthaufen and I can translate that…
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To ensure meaningful and fair evaluations, evidence of student learning should not rely solely on standardized tests…

"To ensure meaningful and fair evaluations, evidence of student learning should not rely solely on standardized tests. Policies that use such measures in that inappropriate manner tend to misclassify the competence of teachers, as well as reduce the morale of teachers, create disincentives to teach the highest-need students, undermine public confidence in schooling and encourage…
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