“OK class…make sure you study for the test on plate tectonics and earthquakes on Monday!”
Let’s get something straight here.
The growing Opt Out movement against testing isn’t about teacher created tests. 60,000 students in NYS didn’t opt out of a pop quiz on the American Revolution last year.
The “I Refuse” testing resolution raised at the UFT Delegate Assembly today, that encouraged teachers to stand together and push back against the testing regime, was not about Friday spelling tests or chapter 6 character analysis. The resolution, found here, was about high stakes testing that hurt our children and our educators…for profit.
The tests that make students sick and anger parents, that take time away from real instruction and funding from schools…those…those are the tests we are talking about. The ones that get plugged into junk formulas and are used for promotion of students and evaluation of teachers are the ones we are talking about.
However, just like there isn’t a problem with Common Core, but rather a problem only with its implementation, there isn’t a problem with tests, just the lack of “diagnostics.” That’s according to the UFT leadership.
Get ready as they are attaching the word “diagnostic” to every sentence related to testing. That’s the problem everyone. Little 3rd grade girls fainting during state standardized tests are doing so because of the lack of diagnostics that follow. Little Eric is going to therapy from stress and his cousin has stomach ulcers, but not from high stakes testing, but rather Ms. Crestin’s geometry test.
Today, I sat in the visitors room of the 19th floor of UFT headquarters, at 52 Broadway, and watched in amazement as an improv show was put on by UFT VP Sterling Roberson. Well it wasn’t too improvised as he read dates of prior resolutions from a sheet.
This is after President Mulgrew had a slight Freudian slip and said “We need one motion against…” the resolution.
Sterling Roberson rises to speak against the resolution (from my notes):
“Yes, we [UFT] are against the regimes of over testing.” However “we need tests as diagnostics tools.” “Testing is important. Teacher need tests to help plan and drive instruction.”
“Parents want to use test to assess where their children are as compared to other children.”
He then went on to read that in March 2014 we passed a Resolution recognizing the Chicago teachers who brought national attention to the growing concerns about the overemphasis on standardized testing
…AND THEN DIDN’T FOLLOW UP OR FOLLOW SUIT.
and November 2013 we passed a Resolution calling for real options in the local measure of the teacher evaluation system.
“The UFT will make it a priority in its negotiations for the next teachers contract to have the DOE create a much larger menu of options for the local measure that includes authentic measures of student work such as project- and portfolio-based assessments.”
DID THIS HAPPEN
Resolution calling on the Panel for Education Policy to end the overemphasis on standardized testing
OCTOBER 9, 2013
” The UFT calls on the Panel for Educational Policy to put test scores into perspective as one among many measures of a childs ability and progress and to focus instead on improving curriculum and ensuring that teachers and schools get the support and resources they need to give our children the education they deserve.”
HOW’S THIS WORKING OUT
Resolution calling for a moratorium on high-stakes consequences for state tests
OCTOBER 9, 2013
” The UFT calls for a moratorium on attaching high-stakes consequences to state tests until representatives of all interested parties including parents and educators have worked with members of Congress, the state Legislature, the state Commissioner of Education, the Board of Regents and the New York City Panel for Educational Policy to carefully examine how well the new curricula, professional development and tests align to the Common Core standards.”
DID THIS HAPPEN I DON’T REMEMBER.
The Unity caucus group then proceeded to vote it down. (www.solidaritycaucus.org/repreview)
Three of of the for UFT caucuses supported the Refuse testing resolution.
*Remember there are school elections this year for chapter leaders and delegates.
Perhaps parents and educators should contact Sterling Roberson on Twitter www.Twitter.com/CTEVP or firstname.lastname@example.org and invite him and all the members that voted down this resolution into their children’s classrooms during these tests, field tests, mock tests and baseline tests.
#parentsneedpartners against high stakes testing @UFT @CTEVP
Since the UFT Leadership likes multiple choice tests, here is one.
1) IF YOU WERE A BILLIONAIRE LOOKING TO PRIVATIZE EDUCATION AND GAIN EVEN MORE PROFIT, WHICH GROUP WOULD YOU BUY OUT
B) THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA
C) SCHOOL DISTRICTS
D) UNION LEADERS
E) ALL OF THE ABOVE
FOR FULL CREDIT YOU MUST SHOW WORK.
AFT/UFT IS PRO COMMON CORE
AFT/UFT IS PRO CURRENT TEACHER EVALUATION SYSTEM
AFT/UFT IS PRO TESTING
Join www.solidaritycaucus.org who is more aligned with teachers and parents.
AND STARVE THE TESTING REGIMES BY OPTING OUT YOUR CHILDREN IN TWO EASY STEPS. WWW.NYSAPE.ORG