This article by Joseph Spector appeared in the Gannett Albany:
NY reducing testing for Common Core by 2 days
“ALBANY — New York is cutting the number of days that students have to take standardized exams each spring amid ongoing criticism of the tougher testing.
The state Board of Regents on Monday announced the tests will be conducted over two days instead of three days for students in grades three through eight in each English and math.
The changes will start next spring, and the move is the latest step by the state Education Department to address concerns about the tests. About 20 percent of students have opted out of the exams each year in protest to the Common Core testing standards.
“The Regents have taken a bold step forward today,” Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa said in a statement. “This decision not only reduces the amount of time children will spend taking tests, but also returns valuable instructional time to our teachers. We will make certain the tests continue to provide a valid and reliable measurement of student achievement.”
The Regents have taken a bold step forward but not in an efford to reduce testing time for students or return valuable instructional time to teachers.
This step was taken because more and more parents were opting their children out of testing which reduced the amount of profit Pearson was to receive from that testing.
If parents had not come together to effect change, no changes would have been made and profits would have continued to roll in for the testing corporation.
For Chancellor Rosa to have the public believe that changes were made due to their concern for students and teachers is disrespectful to the efforts of the many advocates in education that fought together to bring about this change.
This is proof positive that when the people unite change will happen.
Now is the time for the people to advocate for a system of education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing our children’s gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively involved citizens.
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