photograph courtesy of Common Dreams
and I’m too exhausted to be clever.
Tomorrow, April 1, 2014, marks opening day of year two of the New York State Common Core assessments in English-language arts (ELA) and math. Like last year, I will be administering the tests to 5th grade English-language learners (ELLs) and to former English-language learners who are entitled to extended time (time and a half).
But I do so grudgingly – with a heavy heart – as I strongly oppose these invalid tests. They are meaningless, exploitative and cruel. As a proud member of MORE UFT, I stand in support of NYS parents and educators who are doing the right thing by refusing the 2014 tests, thereby starving the beast.
Over the next few weeks, I will be posting testimonials of the administration of this year’s tests. Parents, educators and students across New York State – please share with me your own testing experience and I will include it on my blog (you may choose to remain anonymous).