Wednesday, August 12, 2015

CURMUDGUCATION: NY To Parents: Get Stuffed

CURMUDGUCATION: NY To Parents: Get Stuffed:

NY To Parents: Get Stuffed

The final "official" numbers are in for last year's New York opt out, and they are huge-- in the Empire State, one out of five students did not take the Big Standardized Test.

Faced with that kind of massive revolt, one might expect that the Head Honcho of Education in NY might select any of the following strategies;

1) Take a good, hard look at the test and ask why it is seems to have alienated so many parents and families.

2) Reach out to the Opt-Out community to ask why, exactly, they have such a problem with the BS Test.

3) Go back to the drawing board and ask if the BS Test is really measuring any of the things it's supposedly measuring 

4) Make a commitment to use information gathered to improve, alter or otherwise make less odious the BS Testing.

One might expect that the Head Honcho would even choose all three of those options. But it turns out that one would be wrong, because instead state education commissioner MaryEllen Elia selected

5) Ignore the opt-out parents and make threats against the schools that their children attend.

Yep. In a conference call with reporters, Elia said that "the state Education Department is in conversations with the U.S. Department of Education working on a plan regarding possible sanctions for districts with high opt-out rates."

Those sanctions could range from a phone call to the superintendent along the lines of, "What the 
CURMUDGUCATION: NY To Parents: Get Stuffed: