Tag: standardized testing

You Are Still Being Evaluated on Tests

“There are teacher evaluations that are in the report and they are connected to tests, either state tests or locally approved tests,” Cuomo said on Sunday in Syracuse. A must read from Reality-Based Educator.

McMullan- What, exactly, is unethical?

I took the piece below from the Students Not Scores website.  It was written by the PJSTA’s very own Melissa McMullan in response to New York State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia referring to teachers as being “unethical” if they support the opt-out movement. In addition to being one of the best writers I know, Melissa …

John Oliver Talks Standardized Testing

Another Heroic Superintendent

The heroic actions of our own Dr. Rella are well documented in our school community and a few weeks ago we told you of another heroic superintendent from Western New York, Dr. William Cala.  Now we can add Shoreham-Wading River’s Dr. Steven Cohen to the list.  Check out the letter below that was sent home …

Heroic PTA

We have seen organic opt-out movements over the past couple of years from parents in different parts of the state.  We have seen a few heroic teachers, including our very own Beth Dimino, refuse to administer state assessments in the spring.  Now it appears as though PTA’s are stepping up as well.  The Bennett School …

How to Contribute to NYSAPE Opt-Out Billboards

NYSAPE has started a campaign to purchase “Refuse the Tests” ads on billboards placed strategically around the state.  This fall all PJSTA members reduced their VOTE-COPE contributions to $0 for the year.  Please consider putting some of that savings towards NYSAPE’s very worthy cause. Via NYSAPE… Our kids are being hurt by excessive testing that has …

Teacher Refusal Videos

In case you missed it on News 12, you can view the story about Beth Dimino refusing to administer the state tests here. In related news, you can watch the video below of sixth-grade teacher Jennifer Rickert from upstate New York as she announces her decision not to administer state tests this year.

A Few Links on State of the State Day

Governor Cuomo, who yesterday said that public education, “Probably has been the single greatest failure in the state,” gives his state of the state address today at 1:30 pm.  I am sure there will be plenty of reaction afterward as Cuomo launches his plan to eviscerate public education.  While we wait for that a few links …

Dimino Refuses to Administer State Tests

PJSTA President Beth Dimino has notified the Comsewogue School District that she is refusing to administer state tests this spring. Via the Long Island Press… “I find myself at a point in the progress of education reform in which clear acts of conscience will be necessary to preserve the integrity of public education,” she writes. …

NY Mills, Iannuzzi, Magee

The New York Mills Teachers Association recently passed a resolution asking NYSUT’s Dick Iannuzzi to lead a statewide boycott of the grade 3-8 state assessments.  Here is the full resolution… RESOLUTION TO BOYCOTT NEW YORK STATE GRADES 3-8 ASSESSMENTS Tuesday, February 11, 2014 WHEREAS, the New York State Grades 3-8 assessments have proven to be …