A high school English teacher from Delaware County had a column this week in the Syracuse Post-Standard about not being allowed to discuss the new state tests.
Gretchen Dandrea Blynt writes: “Our country is purporting to be on a mission to reform it public education system. I’ve heard the phrase, “complete overhaul,” frequently, yet we are missing some essential pieces to the inspection. Who says the test makers are effective? Where are their artifact binders of incontrovertible truth? Why aren’t they providing proof of their knowledge of pedagogy and child development?”
And this: “More immediately important to teachers is perhaps how we are to fulfill our evaluative measure of communication with parents. Without being able to discuss the test questions or grading policies, I’m not sure how I’ll help them interpret the score with which their child will soon be labeled as a result. I’m not comfortable being measured by a test that isn’t itself measured, and I’m disinclined to think parents would be about the indicator of their children’s achievement.”