Spring 2015 Testing Refusal Movement - Long Island, NY

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  1. 1. LIs Testing Refusal Movement Change nothing and Nothing changes Brian Wasson Parent of 3 in Sachem Schools Member of S.C.A.P.E. the999ers.wordpress.com diigo.com/user/the999ers
  2. 2. Click here for March 24, 2014 story Click here for April 2, 2014 story
  3. 3. Click here for March 31, 2015 story
  4. 4. His kids will refuse the spring 2014 state tests. http://vimeo.com/90498744
  5. 5. http://www.msnbc.com/the-reid-report/watch/standardized-testing-causes-controversy-219357763737
  6. 6. http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/231454/three-way-deal-announced-details-monday/
  7. 7. https://www.facebook.com/groups/Longislandoptout/permalink/437334596439884/
  8. 8. http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2015/03/8565264/outline-education-reform- proposals-budget
  9. 9. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-highlights-passage-2015- 16-state-budget
  10. 10. http://data.newsday.com/long-island/data/education/opt-out-2015/
  11. 11. http://www.newsday.com/long-island/teacher-evaluations-to-be-focus-of-may-7-summit-in-albany-1.10345425
  12. 12. 1. How we got here 2. What testing refusal looks like 3. Why we are fighting excessive high stakes testing 4. How I got involved 5. Testing issues 6. Data collection: starve the beast 7. End Goal "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." -The Lorax Outline
  13. 13. 1. How we got here President Bush = No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Law 1. New over-emphasis on yearly standardized testing 2. The mantra begins Our schools are failing. President Obama = Race to the Top (RttT) Award 1. New common learning standards 2. New assessments 3. New teacher evaluation system 4. New data collection/mining efforts NY accepts the largest amount awarded to states: $700+ million over 5 years Entire program a result of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act 2009 (The Stimulus) (here and here)
  14. 14. "In a civilized country when ridicule fails to kill a movement it begins to command respect. -Mhatinas Ghandi 2. What Testing Refusal Looks Like How do you refuse? What happened in prior years? What did this year look like? At the moment, no real ramifications for ANYONE for refusing no loss of funding, no automatic AIS, no arrests
  15. 15. NYS Testing Refusals Hit Main Street http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URkNzkADnIM
  16. 16. What do the refusal students do during testing? - Sit and read in testing room - Relocate and read (or other activities) - Sit and stare (only one LI district left?) * Some students have to verbally refuse * Some parents remove kids from school and bring back
  17. 17. NYSED Spring 2014 Response Sources: http://www.newsday.com/long-island/schools-expect-state-test-opt-outs-to-increase-1.7481327 http://www.newsday.com/long-island/education/thousands-of-li-students-refuse-to-take-state-tests-1.7577393 http://www.newsday.com/long-island/education/nearly-9-500-li-students-refuse-state-exam-say-officials-1.7613887
  18. 18. NYSED Spring 2014 Response Source: http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/04/new_york_wont_penalize_schools_where_students_opted_out_ of_exams.html
  19. 19. School Administrator Spring 2014 Response Sources: http://www.newsday.com/long-island/schools-expect-state-test-opt-outs-to-increase-1.7481327 http://www.newsday.com/long-island/education/thousands-of-li-students-refuse-to-take-state-tests-1.7577393 http://www.newsday.com/long-island/education/nearly-9-500-li-students-refuse-state-exam-say-officials-1.7613887
  20. 20. School Administrator Spring 2014 Response Source: http://ny.chalkbeat.org/2014/04/02/is-testing-taking-over-our-schools-an-entire-faculty-says-yes/
  21. 21. 3. Why we are fighting excessive high stakes testing Full story found here
  22. 22. https://www.facebook.com/groups/Longislandoptout/permalink/449736458533031/
  23. 23. Kinder 2008 "First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win. -Mhatinas Ghandi Kinder 2012
  24. 24. Kinder Homework 2008 v. 2013-14 You must be the change you wish to see in the world. -Mhatinas Ghandi
  25. 25. 3rd grade homework/classwork 2012 Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.-Mhatinas Ghandi
  26. 26. 4th grade homework/classwork 2013 You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result. -Mhatinas Ghandi
  27. 27. Kinder homework /classwork 2014 Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.-Mhatinas Ghandi
  28. 28. 1st Grade homework /classwork 2015 Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.-Mhatinas Ghandi
  29. 29. http://nypost.com/2013/01/27/playtimes-over-kindergartners/
  30. 30. Miss Vee asked her class to write the sentence, I have a pet. Kids struggled with putting letters on the line, spacing, and period placement. One wrote, I. hav. a. pet. Another wrote, I wet. a pet. The super challenging demands leave less time for puzzles, coloring and games, she said. DOE spokeswoman Erin Hughes said, These are the types of activities and exercises that students need to work on to acquire the skills they need to be ready for middle school, high school, college and careers. But kindergarten, she added, should include a wide range of activities, including free play. From: http://nypost.com/2013/01/27/playtimes-over-kindergartners/
  31. 31. http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/inside-school-research/2014/01/is_kindergarten_the_new_first.html
  32. 32. http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/04/27/does-common-core-ask-too-much-of-kindergarten-readers/
  33. 33. Is there room for these kids? "In a civilized country when ridicule fails to kill a movement it begins to command respect. -Mhatinas Ghandi
  34. 34. - Syracuse area teacher on Diane Ravitchs blog here http://dianeravitch.net/2014/04/08/teacher-the-joy-of-teaching-isgone/
  35. 35. NYs Lost Standards http://www.lohud.com/story/news/education/2014/05/10/common-core-derailed-ny-standards/8918925/
  36. 36. NYs Lost Standards http://data.lohud.com/tables/commoncore/commoncore.html
  37. 37. 4. How I got involved Honey, I think we have found a cause. You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result. -Mhatinas Ghandi 4 years of research More Than a Number presentation March 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9MGK4zvH-Q Mt. Sinai parent/educator forum March 2013, meeting Jeanette Deutermann The tech end of these reforms Conversation, research, connections all fueled by social media
  38. 38. http://wp.me/p3pStf-8 & http://the999ers.wordpress.com
  39. 39. Relevant Facebook Groups 19,979 members Long Island Opt-out Info 980 members NY Parents Opposed to Data Sharing without Consent! 13,647 members Lace to the Top 3,045 members NYS Refuse the Tests 149,592 members and climbing 15,799 members 4,472 members 11,234 members 21,522 members 10,708 members 15,799 members 15,799 members 1,282 members 2,793 members 17,663 members 4,605 members 5,573 members 6,901 members 2,973 members 9,461 members
  40. 40. Spring 2014 Parent/Educator OPEN Forums
  41. 41. 5. Testing Issues You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result. -Mhatinas Ghandi High stakes tied to multiple tests (SLOs, state tests, ) Length & content (reading level, passages) Useless results, secretive, testing on content rolled out simultaneously Data collection used for variety of purposes Field testing = free child labor Cost (e.g., RVC and Comsewogue both estimate it costs them $550k-$1million low balling it) Computer based testing (CBT) coming with PARCC
  42. 42. All tests and student results should be available to teachers and parents after test administration. They should be used only to inform parents and teachers about a childs learning and to improve instruction. Tests should exist to serve students not politicians or for-profit testing companies. - NY Principal Carol Burris in the resolution against high-stakes testing (She is an original author of the NY Principals Open Letter of Concern Regarding New York States APPR Legislation for the Evaluation of Teachers and Principals and the NY Principals Letter to Parents About Testing. Also NYS High School Principal of the Year.) www.newyorkprincipals.org
  43. 43. From Kevin Glynn in the Lace to the Top Facebook group: Printed side by side you would never know they are for the same grade level. http://wp.me/p3pStf-2S NYS Grade 3 ELA Sample Exam 2005 NYS Grade 3 ELA Sample Exam 2013
  44. 44. http://elafeedback.com/comments/view/-/- Post Spring 2013 State Assessment Collected Feedback https://web.archive.org/web/20130818204109/http://elafeedback.com/comments/view/-/-
  45. 45. Click here for full version Click here for full version
  46. 46. Give us data we can use to inform instruction and help our children learn and grow! Our children spend hours taking these tests, which we are never allowed to see again, and we receive the results just in time for the next school! Whats the point? We cannot do anything with this information because we dont have all the pieces in a timely fashion. As educators, many of us dedicate our lives to using as many assessment points as possible to help us plan and guide future instructional decisions to best meet the needs of our children. The data from NYS seems to be used for one purpose, and one purpose only, to judge. -Long Islands own, 2014 NYS Elementary Principal of the Year, Tony Sinanis
  47. 47. Total testing time "In a civilized country when ridicule fails to kill a movement it begins to command respect. -Mhatinas Ghandi
  48. 48. http://nycpublicschoolparents.blogspot.com/2014/04/t oday-is-first-day-of-state-ela-exams.html Post Spring 2014 State Assessment Collected Feedback http://wp.me/p3uIz3-d7 http://testingtalk.org/responses?region=NY
  49. 49. Used anonymously with permission from the childs parent.
  50. 50. http://criticalclassrooms.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/day-3-2014-nyspearson-common-core-ela-exam/
  51. 51. The governor asserted the delay would ease the statewide unrest and anxiety over the new curriculum. "I think that parents can now exhale. Students can now exhale," Cuomo said. "The test scores don't count. - NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, March 2014 http://www.newsday.com/news/region-state/cuomo-astorino-spar-on-common-core-state-budget-1.7575888 Wait, what? Does NYSED know about this?
  52. 52. https://the999ers.wordpress.com/2015/04/16/spring-2015-nys-ela-exam-an-inside-view/
  53. 53. https://the999ers.wordpress.com/2015/04/26/spring-2015-nys-math-exam-an-inside-view/
  54. 54. As a Regent of the State of New York, I cannot endorse the use of the current state tests for teacher/principal evaluation since that was not the purpose for which they were developed." She continues, "How can we criticize people for opting out when the tests have not been verified? We need to cease and desist in the use of these tests until such time as we can be confident of their reliability and validity. If tests do meet those criteria, the tests must be released to teachers and to the public after they are given, in the spirit of transparency and accountability. - Dr. Kathleen Cashin, NY Board of Regents, Representing Brooklyn, April 2015 Source http://dianeravitch.net/2015/04/02/regent-cashin-of-new-york-speaks-out-against-high-stakes-testing/
  55. 55. Source: http://www.newsday.com/long-island/thousands-expected-to-refuse-state-math-tests-that-start- today-1.10310713
  56. 56. Governor Cuomo provides the most telling sound bite to date: The grades are meaningless to the students, Cuomo said in a brief press gaggle following an Association for a Better New York breakfast event in New York City. Cuomo said he believes they havent done a good job of publicizing the fact that the tests, for at least the next five years, wont count at all for the students." They can opt out if they want to, but on the other hand if the child takes the test, its practice and the score doesnt count, Cuomo said. - NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, April 2015 Source http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/232746/cuomo-remember-teacher-evaluation-tests-dont-count-for-kids/
  57. 57. High stakes testing is not about learning; its about penalizing: Districts - Schools - Teachers - Students Who is being assessed? Teachers? Administrators? Students? The implementation of the new Common Core Standards? The Standards themselves? All of the above?
  58. 58. Source: http://www.lohud.com/story/news/education/2014/03/29/common-core-testing-starts/7051561/ "If a test is not relevant to evaluate students, it is beyond sanity, beyond reason, to use the same impaired test results to evaluate teachers," said Pat Puleo, president of the Yonkers Federation of Teachers. "It confirms that the evaluations are punitive and not really intended to improve education, as the state says." "The results we got last year were not helpful to me," Ossining Superintendent Raymond Sanchez said. "The results did not tell me much about the children we serve."
  59. 59. Time for Kids Testing cover from March 22, 2013 (right) and video found at link below http://www.timeforkids.com/photos- video/video/beyond-bubble-84696
  60. 60. 6. Data Collection: Starve the Beast You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result. -Mhatinas Ghandi inBloom dashboard project ** Data collection begins in pre-K and continues to adult year 26 (as of now) NYs P-20 Longitudinal Database USA Today: Plan would track students from preschool to workforce http://usat.ly/1j6A7Ki Database connected to many other state agencies Data collection, storage, mining, sharing
  61. 61. "In a civilized country when ridicule fails to kill a movement it begins to command respect. -Mhatinas Ghandi Click here to read full story
  62. 62. "In a civilized country when ridicule fails to kill a movement it begins to command respect. -Mhatinas Ghandi Click here to read full story
  63. 63. "In a civilized country when ridicule fails to kill a movement it begins to command respect. -Mhatinas Ghandi https://www.rtt-apr.us/state/new-york/2010-2011/puip
  64. 64. Go Ahead and Get the PARCC Testing Experience http://wp.me/p3pStf-69
  65. 65. Go Ahead and Get the PARCC Testing Experience http://wp.me/p3pStf-69
  66. 66. Go Ahead and Get the PARCC Testing Experience http://wp.me/p3pStf-69
  67. 67. Go Ahead and Get the PARCC Testing Experience http://wp.me/p3pStf-69
  68. 68. https://www.diigo.com/user/the999ers/PARCC PARCC rollout spring 2015
  69. 69. Phrase above quoted via Dr. Joseph Rella, Superintendent, Comsewogue Schools, NY 7. End Goal Stop It! Fix It! Scrap It!
  70. 70. "In a civilized country when ridicule fails to kill a movement it begins to command respect. -Mhatinas Ghandi 8. Upcoming Forums & More Information None currently planed on Long Island before April 14th, but I suspect we will see some last minute organization. LI Opt Out Facebook Group https://w...