I saw an SED memo last week stating that the field tests were mandatory. This is the first time I have ever seen anything like this from SED. As a former superintendent I always refused to administer field tests and got away with it (albeit with much SED resistance). While they may not have any authority to mandate the tests, they indeed are sending the message to districts that they indeed must administer them and students must take them ... William Cala has left a new comment on your post "Fred Smith Explains Field Tests"
Bill Cala was Superintendent of Fairport NY public schools and an interim Supt of Rochester preceding, JC Brizard who after ruining those schools was hired by Rahm Emanuel to ruin Chicago schools.