Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Call for Ban on high-stakes field testing, 11 AM Rally/Press Conference Today at Tweed

Letitia James
For Immediate Release: June 10, 2014                                                Media Advisory
Contact: Aja Worthy-Davis, (212) 669-4813,

Public Advocate James, Education Advocates to Call for End To Stand-Alone Field Testing
High-Stakes Field Testing Is Largely Believed To Produce Unreliable Results
(New York, NY)— Today, Public Advocate Letitia James will be joined by education advocates and elected officials in a rally for a ban on stand-alone field testing, which is not required by New York State law and is believed to produce unreliable results.
Recently, the NYS Education Department (SED) targeted 1,125 New York City schools with an estimated 150,000 of our students slated to take the stand-alone field tests.  This is the third straight June that SED and test publisher Pearson are taking a test development approach that is unworkable. Equally concerning, most parents remain unaware of the tests and the fact that the SED is giving the student data to Pearson— a commercial interest that holds a 5-year, $32 million contract with SED.

WHO:        Education Advocates and Elected Officials
WHAT:      Rally for a ban on high-stakes field testing, non-mandated tests which drain an already over-tested student body
WHEN:      Wednesday, June 11, 2014

WHERE:   Steps of Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers Street
New York, NY 10007

Aja Worthy-Davis
Press Secretary
NYC Public Advocate  Hon. Letitia "Tish" James
1 Centre Street- 15th Floor
New York, NY

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