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NYS PTA Important Advocacy Update

NYS PTA Important Advocacy Update (4/26/15)

Parents,

Please take a moment to read and review the advocacy update we’ve received from the NYS PTA. Strong support is needed from parents (voters) in order to make change. Please tell our legislators to act now!

Dear Advocate,

Please share this message below with your legislators, TODAY!

Next Steps for Assessments!

Student testing deemed questionable by parents and educators combined with a state budget that links aid increases to even greater use of test scores has resulted in a storm of protest. An effective response will require both time and collaboration with state policy makers to craft solutions that will calm the rhetoric and improve student and teacher assessment to move education forward. To those ends we request immediate legislation that requires:

  1. Time Out.  The Governor and legislature to postpone implementation of new Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) components until September 1, 2016, while distributing promised 2015 state aid increases to schools during 2015-2016 school year.
  2. APPR Review.  The NYS Board of Regents to recommended re-structure of the APPR program in a manner that recognizes students as more than a test score and educators as more than merely a test score and a classroom observation.
  3. Test Review.  The NYS Board of Regents to evaluate current state tests in direct response to testing concerns expressed in the field regarding length and frequency of test, item ambiguity, volatility of growth measures, developmental appropriateness and the validity of using test results for multiple purposes.
  4. Parent Communication. NYSED to develop a communication strategy that makes the purpose of assessments and the interpretation of results more clearly understood, by providing individual student data with sufficient depth in a timely manner so parents and teachers can use the data to improve student outcomes.

To send this message to your legislators, click on the TAKE ACTION link below:

TAKE ACTION: Next Steps for Assessments        

Thank you for your Advocacy!
NYS PTA

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State Exams info links

Dear Parents and Guardians,

There has been much talk in the community and on television as of late regarding the annual state tests for grades 3-8. We believe that it is important for you to educate yourself about the options available to you so you can make an informed decision about what is right for you and your family.

You can read this link from the Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch about the importance of the tests.

You can view an Editorial Board Meeting of lohud.com about standardized testing and the implications of parents “opting out” of the tests here.

You can view Dr. Clouet’s Spring Newsletter regarding testing season.

You can read the view of the Teachers’ Association of the Tarrytowns which they posted on their Facebook page here.

You can read this link from the NYS Allies for Public Education about your options.

The PTA is planning to host a community conversation on the subject in the fall. Finally we ask that no matter how you choose, please be respectful of others.

Best,

Jacki Geoghegan and Angel Rafter

Co-Presidents, PTA