Basking in the moment (updated)

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Rain falls here in the Capital Region (again) today, as across most of the state. But, thanks to Linda Yankowski, a teaching assistant and member of the Hyde Park United Employees Association, it’s all sunshine here at NYSUT. At 10:06 Sunday night, Linda sent us this email: I was one of those 10,000 that attended […]

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School boards agree: Put the brakes on high-stakes testing (Updated 2x)

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School boards across the state are passing resolutions asking the State Education Department to ease its reliance on standardized test scores in making decisions ranging from student placement to school accountability status to teacher evaluations. The West Irondequoit school board in Monroe County went a step further. Click here for the full letter signed by the […]

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Student speaks against tests

Because of an extremely heavy-handed non-disclosure agreement teachers had to sign about recent state tests, most are not talking about them. But students didn’t have to sign any such confidentiality agreements. So many of them are talking, or writing about their testing experience. The Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss posted an essay from a New York […]

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Randi lends powerful voice on testing fairness

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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 […]

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Fight Back Friday: Join the anti-testing chorus

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We are only three weeks away from an educational travesty. Students in classrooms across New York state are going to sit for hours of tests on a curriculum that hasn’t even been taught yet. NYSUT started an on-line petition to give people who see the state’s testing obsession as harmful to children, a way to […]

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