Lowering Requirements Ignoring Gifts and Talents

Pressconnect‘s Joseph Spector writes in his article, NY scraps higher test scores,

“Students in seventh grade were supposed to need higher test scores in two years to pass New York’s standardized exams.

The tougher requirements have been scrapped.

Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia wrote to schools last week saying the state will not install the new “aspirational scores” that were to be required of students entering ninth grade in the 2018-19 school year.
She said the state is in the midst of overhauling its testing standards. So the students will still need to get a 65 grade or higher on the tests to get a Regents diploma, she said.

“There will be no change in the scale scores required for students to meet the graduation requirements for the class of 2022 on either the ELA (English Language Arts) or Mathematics Regents Examination,” Elia wrote in a one-page memo.

The decision is the latest scale back of tougher testing standards for students and stronger evaluations for teachers under the Common Core initiative.”

Does this mean taxpayers will pay for yet another set of field tests and testing materials?

Commissioner Elia has relaxed the testing requirements for teachers and now for students.

How will New York’s teachers and students be able to compete academically when the requirements for their learning are constantly lowered?

How will paying for students’ college attendance help them if they cannot complete college requirements due to lack of knowledge and experience?

How is the common core curriculum helping to increase the knowledge base of our children when the standards for success are constantly being lowered?

We must rethink the attitude that the only way to become a successful adult is through a college education. There are many more avenues of success as an adult than the college path.

When we provide all of our children with a free and public, excellent education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their natural gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens, teachers and students will rise to the level of any standard set before them.

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