Tuesday, April 30, 2013

HIgh-Stakes Testing has to STOP!

You know that high-stakes testing is no longer about what is best for children when a New York teacher walks into the children's ward of a hospital with the hopes of testing a fourth grader suffering from seizures.
 Joey Furlong is a 4th grader in the Bethlehem School District. He has life-threatening epilepsy and his seizures can only be stopped with medication so his parents are considering brain surgery. In order to get to that point though, Joey needs to go through a series of tests which is what he is doing right now at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center on Long Island.
Thursday morning a woman walked into his room with a piece of paper that had his name on it and told my husband that she was a teacher from the New York City School District and that she was there to administer the 4th grade New York State test to my son,” Furlong tells CBS6. The family was shocked. 
This is outrageous and these are the people who want to set the standards for education?  We don't need Common Core in education we need a little more common sense!

This has to stop.  Parents and educators you don't have to be held hostage to high-stakes tests in the classroom or a hospital room.  It's time to protest the nonsense!

1 comment:

Eric Holcombe said...

The Medical Center has five full-time New York City School Teachers on staff who get age and grade information from patient records...

I guess that is in the fine print somewhere when you are admitted to the hospital. The local public school system isn't the first thing that comes to my mind when signing that my child's medical information needs to be shared with concerned parties.

Might be interesting to find out how many "hospital staff" public school teachers there are and where that precious Average Daily Attendance federal and state money goes.