Saturday, June 20, 2009

TAKE THIS SURVEY FROM FRED SMITH

See a new survey, designed for NYC teachers about their experiences with the state ELA and Math exams.

The survey was developed by Fred Smith, who wrote an oped for the NY Sun in 2007 that is posted here: http://www.nysun.com/opinion/not-as-proficient-as-they-say/55594/

See also Juan Gonzalez column here: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2007/05/23/2007-05-23_klein_smears_immigrant_kids.html

Fred has been a long-time contact and supporter of our work, focusing his efforts one exposing testing follies. If you can find 20 minutes, help him out.

More on the survey and Fred’s background below.

Teachers: please take the survey and forward it to all your fellow educators!

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New York City teachers in Grades 3 to 8, who have had experience with the ELA and Math Test, may really want to take an interesting survey about New York’s testing program. The topics covered include test preparation, testing and scoring procedures, and the significance of the results. It takes about 20 minutes to complete.

Your knowledge and the opinions of your colleagues will have direct meaning for the testing program. Your answers may also shed light on issues that are relevant to current discussions about mayoral control of education and the reauthorization of NCLB.

This independent survey is trying to reach as representative a sample of teachers as possible. Please urge other teachers in your school also to participate. To take the survey, please click this link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=w2iaT_2fBPMd5cK_2b7svLb8mg_3d_3d

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About me: The survey was designed by Fred Smith. He retired from the Board of Education after 33 years, where he served as a administrative analyst. His work involved testing projects, conducting program evaluations and preparing statistical reports. He's written Op-Eds on testing for Newsday and the New York Sun. This survey is a reflection of his continuing interest in the testing program.

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