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Prospect Heights High School Teachers Refuse To Administer Standardized Test

At least 30 staff members claim the test serves no educational purpose and disproportionately hurts students whose first language is not English.

Photo credit: shinealight via Flickr.com
Photo credit: shinealight via Flickr.com
Teachers and staff at International High School in Prospect Heights are planning on actively defying mandatory testing, claiming it is unfair to a significant number of students.

The New York ELA Performance Exam is set to be administered Thursday and assesses performance levels of students and accounts for 20 percent of teacher evaluations.

In a recent letter opposing the Measures of Student Learning Performance Assessment test, 30 staff members, 24 of them teachers, said that the test served "no educational purpose" and was unfairly skewed against students whose first language was not English.

“In good conscience, as educators dedicated to the learning of our students and the welfare of our school communities, we are not administering this test,” the letter said.

Teachers claim that the tests can be "traumatic" for students learning English as proven by a similar test in which many of those students received a score of zero despite demonstrating improvement.
John May 01, 2014 at 03:45 PM
God help these kids when they get into the real cutthroat world..they have no chance to compete with this perpetual coddling and hand-holding. The corporate world will eat them alive.
Steve May 02, 2014 at 10:57 AM
The test doesn't really tell that much about student skills. This latest round of tests based on the Common Core in NYC is a real mess. Parents are enraged.
John May 02, 2014 at 12:25 PM
As a said the real world will eat them alive...NYC thinks by putting big money into the school system will do the trick...big surprise...IT HASN'T
Steve May 02, 2014 at 01:39 PM
Well, the extra money didn't actually go to the school system. It went to make new tests. You're right. Wasted money on meaningless tests.

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