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Parent’s Perspective: This whole testing thing

Jessica Ashley is a single mother and blogger based in Chicago. Her blog is Sassafrass. You can take action on high-stakes testing at testing.nysut.org. I’ve been reading the news coming out of New York where high-stakes testing has become a central issue in every conversation about education, where outreach is nationwide and needs are dire. I [...]

Parent perspective: It’s just a test – even in Illinois

As we’ve heard from AFT President Randi Weingarten, the implementation of the Common Core Standards and the use of high-stakes tests to make high-stakes decisions about students and teachers isn’t only a problem in New York but across the country. Kelly Wickham, a school administrator and parent from Springfield, Ill., offers her perspective. If you’re [...]

Weingarten lends powerful voice on testing fairness

AFT President Randi Weingarten today joined the chorus of education leaders who have been pressing New York state to make the new Common Core standards and assessments work before making them count. In an address to the Association for a Better New York, Weingarten called for a moratorium on attaching high-stakes decisions for students and [...]

Parent perspective: Notes from the testing cusp

As the mother of two children and the wife of a NYSUT member, blogger Alana Reynolds has some thoughts about testing. Fed up with the state’s obsession with testing? Sign the petition at testing.nysut.org. My oldest kid is in second grade and, as the school year winds down, we’ve started talking about next year.  Recently, I [...]

Parent perspective: Testing can break spirits

Cross-posted from blogs.nysut.org: Amanda Magee, of Glens Falls in Warren County, is the mother of three daughters who — like the vast majority of New York parents — is concerned about the state’s heavy reliance on testing and its impact on children. She writes a blog called “The Wink” but she wrote this for us. [...]

Poll: Parents reject speed of Common Core, test implementation

ALBANY, N.Y. April 3, 2013 – Sending a clear message to the State Education Department, 81 percent of parents say their children have not had enough time to prepare for standardized tests on the state’s new Common Core learning standards; 78 percent believe this year’s tests should not count at all, and 88 percent say [...]