I just recieved an email from a listserve I belong to.
The email states:
Are you aware that Chancellor Klein has set yet another new testing policy which will begin next year? All K-12 students will be given "mini tests" every 6-8 weeks. NO SCHOOL WILL BE EXEMPT. These test scores will be used to rate schools and determine whether a principal can remain at the helm of his/her school. Can you imagine the toll it will take on teaching? This is the final blow to teaching and education in this city. He has put aside so far $25 million to get these tests made and there will be much more money spent on this policy. There is nothing more important than our children's education which is being outsourced to the profiteering testing companies.
There will be very little teaching done in the public schools if this policy gets going. Our children will be taught test taking skills and very little else.
Tuesday, May 16th, there will be a citywide parent meeting (teachers and principals are welcome) to discuss a plan of action to put an end to this policy as well as to the excessive and high stakes tests already in place.
Please join us and call parents you know from
schools throughout the Boros:
PLACE: 317 East 67th St. (between 1st and 2nd Ave.)
Room 109 or the small theater
WHEN: TUESDAY MAY 16th
SPONSORED BY: TIME OUT FROM TESTING www.timeoutfromtesting.org
THANKS FOR SPREADING THE WORD.
Time Out From Testing
917 679 8343
I did not write the above. This is the first I am hearing about this. I'm asking you, my fellow colleauges, to please shed some light on this? Is this information accurate? What is the UFT doing about this? If anyone has any information please leave a comment.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Posted by W Brown at 6:08 PM