The NYS Common Core exams begin this week. Although we are glad that the tests are shorter in length, there is no indication that the content of the tests and the proficiency levels have changed.
When content is too difficult and curriculum is developmentally inappropriate, learning is negatively impacted. This is especially true for young children. The result is not higher achievement but rather frustration and stress. While you can excessively test prep to produce high scores, that does not mean that a deep understanding has occurred.
That is why Opt Out is still important. It is how New Yorkers send a powerful message that they want curriculum that fosters a love of learning and intellectual growth. They do not want skill and drill pressure for inappropriately set benchmarks.
If you haven’t sent in your Opt Out letter, there is still time. Here’s a NYSAPE TEST REFUSAL LETTER to send to your child’s teacher/s and building principal. And here is an excellent information piece by our friends at the New York State Alliance for Public Education (NYSAPE).
If you are on the fence, I suggest you watch the two powerful videos of New York parents that follow. Then share the links to them with your friends, or post them on social media.
Executive Director of NPE