The New York State Department of Education: Make the 2013 NYS Common Core Exams Available for Public Viewing
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The secrecy and lack of access surrounding this year’s Common Core Math and ELA exams is unprecedented, and eliminates the system of checks and balances that characterizes a public education in a democratic and equitable society. Due to the high stakes attached to these assessments and in light of Pearson’s recent test construction errors, lack of public oversight is unacceptable. As taxpayers, teachers and parents, we must demand transparency in the testing process used to evaluate our students, teachers and schools. Send the message that NYS values democracy, children, education and accountability over corporate interests. Allow public access to the 2013 NYS Common Core exams.
Unless they are made public, these exams serve no pedagogical purpose other than to grade teachers and schools. The state has asserted that these tests indicate where our children stand on the road to career and college readiness. While we maintain varying view points on current education reform, we can all agree that the data collected is inconsequential if the scores are not available until after a student has advanced to the next grade, and engaged in a different curriculum.
Rather than engaging in sound pedagogical practice, and allowing teachers, parents, and students to access the tests for review and post-test analysis, and rather than allowing educators to use these exams to glean information that informs instruction and allows them to target areas of weakness, the state has empowered corporate interests to dictate policy, and sadly, they have put our children’s interests last. The state has asked teachers to sign confidentiality agreements that prohibit them from discussing the exams with parents, even in vague terms. This undermines the trust and collaborative partnership between educators and parents, and fosters an educational environment of fear, mistrust, and intimidation.
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