Tag: Standardized Testing
More than 70,000 students in school districts across Long Island have “opted out” of taking the first round of this year’s controversial Common Core standardized tests, according to education advocates monitoring the numbers of those refusing the exams—and those figures expected to rise.
“Essentially nothing has changed except the perception that Cuomo has brought about real change.”
The incoming chancellor’s remarks—made the same day as the gathering at East Islip Middle School—consequently carry enormous weight. Education advocates therefore view her acknowledgement that she’d “opt-out” as indication of a historically seismic shift—an alignment, even—away from the state’s long-held support of Common Core, and toward what opponents term “common sense” education policy.
State lawmakers joined Common Core opponents in criticizing President Barack Obama’s nomination of former New York State Education Commissioner John King for U.S. Secretary of Education in the first day of confirmation hearings Thursday. King, who assumed the role of acting secretary in January, remains a lightning rod for fury among parents and teachers across New York State upset about his botched implementation of the controversial Common Core education reforms, which led to hundreds of thousands of students across the state and nation “opting out” of taking the standardized tests.
"This is political posturing to try to curry favor with parents who are fed up with his education reforms."
Preliminary unofficial figures suggest more than double the 30,000 LI students who opted out last year refused the latest round of Common Core exams.
"Getting rid of the testing will cause this entire nonsensical system to implode."
“The moment a choice is taken away from a parent, that’s the moment when public education is destroyed. The moment when choice is taken away from a teacher, then public education is destroyed.”
"Standardized exposes the damage an education reform based on numbers and profits has on our children and schools."