Education advocates across New York are calling for a ban on standardized testing in pre-K through second grade.
Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, kicked off a Thursday conference call to launch a statewide petition drive to stop expansion of standardized tests in children’s early years.
The petition comes as the union continues to call for a three-year moratorium on using tests aligned to the rigorous Common Core standards for “high stakes” decisions affecting teachers and students.
Test scores for third through eighth graders were released Wednesday, and they show a dramatic drop in the number of New York students who received passing grades.
Less than one third of students in the third through eighth grades, around 31%, passed the new math and English exams given for the first time this year, says Regents Chancellor Merrill Tisch, making the announcement on a conference call.
“As anticipated, the scores we are announcing today are significantly lower,” Tisch said.
An end-of-year “report card” (different from the old-school one above) has been issued by New York education reformers. The “grades” they’ve given to the state’s education policies are not going to earn anybody a congratulatory ice cream cone.
Hundreds of parents, teachers and community leaders today urged state lawmakers to address a growing gap in funding levels between rich and poor school districts across the state. The rally for public education was held during the noon hour at the State Capitol in Albany.
New York State ranks fifth in the nation in the gap between rich and poor school districts based on spending per pupil. That's the finding in a new report prepared by school reform advocates who will put on a parade and a rally in Albany today.
Host Alan Chartock is joined by Billy Easton, executive director of the Alliance for Quality Education. They discuss the property tax cap and NYSUT’s lawsuit, teacher evaluations, and Governor Cuomo’s approach to education spending.