Students in New York State are halfway through the testing madness that has taken away much of their recent instruction time. When you add in test review and preparation, our children have lost so many educational opportunities.
Sadly, even after the assessments are over the harm continues. As students await their math exams that will eat up 270 minutes this week, many of their teachers have disappeared.
What happened to our teachers?
Some teachers from around New York State are being pulled from their classrooms to score the ELA exam. Is your child receiving the quality education as a result? In some cases the teacher may be out for two days to grade the assessments.
In a local middle school, the demand for substitute teachers was so great that they could not find any more replacements. As a result students from multiple classes were sent to the auditorium for a massive study hall instead of instruction. Now imagine the financial cost of hiring dozens of substitute teachers at around $100 each. This money is not reimbursed by NYSED, so this is another costly mandate for local districts.
Other option that some districts choose is to declare a day or two as staff development and cancel school. While students are kept home, teachers work to score the assessments. This will save districts money, but comes at an educational cost as children miss more school.
The scoring portion of the state assessments is one of the unknown parts of high-stakes testing that many parents and the general public are unaware of as the educational and financial harm of state assessments extends past the twelve day testing window in April.