We at United Opt Out National do not. The New York State Education Department has field tests scheduled for this June in order to test the validity of standardized test questions created by Pearson, as well as high school field tests created by NYSED. Not only are children subjected to the abuse which comes with high stakes testing, but they are also required to work for NYSED and Pearson in order to get the questions standardized and ready for the next onslaught of new tests. Child abuse. Child labor. All in the name of high stakes testing which does not provide evidence of learning, rather, it shoves children into boxes while profiting billionaires and privatizing our public education system.
However, mainstream media as well as the NYSED would prefer none of you know that - especially the children who are needed to complete these mind-numbing tasks in order to keep corporate education reform moving along at a fast pace. Therefore, NYSED felt it necessary to put out this school memo reported on the NYC Public School Parents blog; the memo was in regard to the high school NYSED-created field tests.
The key sentence to pay attention to: “Students should not be informed of the connection between these fields tests and State assessments. The field tests should be described as brief test of achievement in the subject.”
Ignorance is bliss? No. That’s why we are reporting it. Ignorance of the tactics of corporate education reformers will be the death of our democracy. NYSED has asked schools to lie to the children. How many lies must we endure? The truth must be heard.
We stand with New York educators and parents who are supporting the Field Test Boycott. We boycott Pearson, high stakes testing and any strategy which undermines our country’s ability to provide a whole and equitable education for all children. Please sign the boycott if you are in New York or not – stand in solidarity and support their efforts.
Some parents in New York who are choosing to boycott the field tests have been told that their children may refuse the test, but will be required to sit and do nothing for the entire duration of the test; another example of child abuse. We have asked the NYSED for their official comment regarding the plan to force children to sit and do nothing, rather than simply providing them with an alternative activity. They have not responded to our requests.
We ask that you share this information widely; this is our action for the week of May 27th, 2012. Join us in our efforts to support New York as the parents move forward with the Field Test Boycott. NYSED is negotiating with children’s lives. We will not stand for it. Instead, we stand with those who also refuse to negotiate. New York, stand strong. Many are with you.
United Opt Out National Administrators