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April 01, 2019
NYSUT launches ‘Correct the Tests’ campaign
to demand changes to flawed state exams
Source: NYSUT Communications
ALBANY, N.Y. April 1, 2019 — New York State United Teachers
today launched a new campaign demanding state action to fix flawed,
invalid tests that are harmful to New York students. The
“Correct the Tests” campaign will raise awareness of the serious issues with
New York’s grade 3-8 ELA and math tests and provide parents and
educators a platform to demand the State Education Department take
significant steps to address the stress and anxiety created by these
“The state’s obsession with high-stakes testing is a failed experiment
that needs to end,” NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said. “That is why
teachers, parents and students around the state have been working for
years to fix New York State’s broken testing system. If we are going to
restore trust in the system, we need to fix these tests now.”
NYSUT repeatedly has called on the state to recognize the fundamental
flaws in the state’s grade 3-8 testing system and to take corrective actions
to address those flaws.
The union is again drawing attention to the fact that:
- the state tests are flawed and invalid;
- invalid scoring benchmarks mislabel children;
- ELA and math tests are too long;
- untimed testing can be cruel and traumatic;
- the tests are developmentally inappropriate; and
- computer-based testing is problematic and has been rolled out too quickly.
Instead of correcting the tests, the state is creating a climate in which school
administrators are attempting to intimidate parents into forcing their children
to take these tests or isolating children who refuse to take them. It is imperative
that the state takes immediate action to address reported intimidation that has
occurred in some districts prior to this year’s tests.
To address the numerous testing concerns, NYSUT launched CorrectTheTests.com
to provide parents and educators with information about the flaws with these
tests and about parents’ rights to opt their children out of taking the tests.
The website also provides an outlet for parents and teachers to submit stories
about testing issues in their schools. NYSUT has begun a public awareness
campaign that includes digital advertisements drawing attention to testing flaws.
“New York’s state tests are failing our students,” NYSUT Executive Vice President
Jolene DiBrango said. “This is an issue that demands a collective solution.
The State Education Department needs to step up and engage with teachers
and parents to end this disaster.”
Computer-based ELA tests, which were rolled out in disastrous fashion in
nearly 300 schools last year, begin on Monday. Traditional paper testing
begins Tuesday April 3, 2019.
NYSUT is planning a series of regional events and actions across the state
in April to further discussions about testing issues and potential fixes. More
information about those events will be released in the near future.
New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than
600,000 members in education, human services and health care. NYSUT is
affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education
Association and the AFL-CIO.
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