In three weeks, students at over 3,600 schools in New York State will receive a nasty surprise. They mistakenly believe that, for this school year at least, they are done taking tests. When they least expect it, the number 2 pencils and bubble sheets will reappear. When I was in elementary school, June brought Field […]

Dear Readers, I would like to share with you an email I sent last week to my class parents:  April is the cruelest month… I doubt the NY State Education Department had T.S. Eliot in mind when they made the state testing schedule, but it does seem appropriate. Even with trying to keep test prep […]

I’m busting out my old grad school textbooks for this one… Performance Task: As complex challenges that mirror the issues and problems faced by adults, they are authentic. Ranging in length from short-term tasks to long-term, multistaged projects, they require a product or performance (Wiggins & McTighe, 14f) Even at my high-performing, relatively affluent school, […]

Unlike so many schools in New York City (including both schools where I taught previously), my current school is not under the gun in terms of raising test scores.  So why did I just receive two stacks of New York State test prep books? Let’s end the illusion that standardized tests are authentic measures of […]