On Monday morning 3/24/14, I will be heading to a school in Brownsville, Brooklyn where more than 2/3 of the third grade families have chosen to opt their children out of high stakes testing.
Brownsville is a community with a very high concentration of low income families and many of the local public schools struggle on various ways.
High stakes testing negatively impacts all children, but it most negatively affects children from low income communities. When many children score poorly on these high stakes tests, their school gets put under further scrutiny and the curriculum literally narrows down to ONLY focus on test prep all year round. School admins feel pressure to raise their kids test scores, since their jobs literally depend upon the scores. It’s a vicious cycle.
Parents recognize that they can exercise their rights and say ‘No’ which in turn forces the NYSED and DOE to use alternative measures to assess children and teachers.
If you’d like to come to learn more from me and these parents about why and how to opt out, please email me at the ‘contact me’ link to the right.