Saturday, February 15, 2014

Mills TA Calls on NYSUT to Lead Statewide Boycott of Grades 3-8 Assessment

While parents have been opting out, teacher organizations are beginning to revolt too. Can they pressure Iannuzzi to make this move? I'm guessing most likely not. When the Mulgrew pro-Cuomo team wins, NO CHANCE.

Before you read the resolution check this sample Common Core 1st Grade Question. I still can't figure out the answer. My first choice was none of the above since I didn't see 8+6. Can 10 + 4 be the right answer? Makes no sense to me. Give this test to the state legislature and the Regents.

From our friends at Parents and Educators Against Common Core Standards
"Here is a Common Core 1st grade math question from Pearson Education. You tell me how well Common Core is working. Remember brain research says that abstract thinking does not begin until age 12. What is a 6 year old going to do with this?"
How about a 69 year old?


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

WHEREAS, the New York State Grades 3-8 assessments have proven to be sub-standard, unreliable measurements of student achievement and learning; and

WHEREAS, the New York State Grades 3-8 assessments require unreasonable amounts of testing time (700 minutes each spring), not reflective of best practice pedagogy; and

WHEREAS, the New York State Grades 3-8 assessments interrupt valuable instruction/learning time which can never be replaced or retrieved; and

WHEREAS, the New York State Grades 3-8 assessment contents are not reviewable to use as a guides or supplements to instruction; and

WHEREAS, the New York State Grades 3-8 assessments require the excessive expenditure of tax dollars without providing commensurate educational value, quality test construction, content or design;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the New York Mills Teachers Association calls upon the President of the New York State United Teachers, Richard Iannuzzi, to lead the NYSUT membership in a statewide boycott of the Spring 2014 New York State Grades 3-8 assessments.
 It's a busy posting day today. In between taking my first Zumba class and priming the Rockaway Theatre Company set for our upcoming production of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," there is a bunch of stuff coming. But where are you going to go today in the snow?


  1. How about at least opting out of the PARCC field tests. Total waste of student time.

  2. I am an early childhood teacher and that question above is truly f#$ed up. There are no other words to describe that. No reason to teach first graders algebra in the early childhood years when it is important for young children to build on the foundation of SIMPLE addition facts through CONCRETE learning.


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