The Néw York Board of Regents is meeting today to vote on a proposal to make field testing of online Pearson tests for Common Core mandatory. Commissioner John King says it will make the tests more valid and reliable.
But it won’t make the tests useful to teachers or students. Teachers are not allowed to know which questions their students got right or wrong, so the tests have no diagnostic value. They are not allowed to discuss the tests with one another. The tests are an expensive waste of time.
In the past, Pearson tests have had numerous errors. How will the public know if their children are fairly judged?
Teachers must teach to the tests to help the children and to protect their jobs.
This is not education. It is regimentation.
Call your Regent and tell them not to make field testing mandatory. Call your legidlators. Enough is enough.