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> From: NYSUT - Andy Pallotta <firstname.lastname@example.org> > Subject: That nightmare about not knowing anything on a test? Yep, it's real. > Date: February 26, 2014 at 5:52:23 PM EST > To: "Roberta M. Eisenberg" <email@example.com> > Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org > > > > > > > Fear. > > Anxiety. > > Panic. > > Dread. > > Are these words we want associated with the education of our children? Of course not! > > Yet students, parents and educators find these reactions are the least of their problems. Instead, as a flawed, rushed implementation of Common Core Learning Standards and an associated increase in testing -- especially testing solely for accountability purposes -- has replaced the joy of teaching and learning with the crushing burden of high-stakes consequences. > > Take action now at the Truth About Testing site to tell legislators to support a 3-year moratorium on high-stakes consequences of testing, truth in testing for the Common Core, elimination of non-diagnostic standardized testing in Grades Pre-K-2, and student privacy protection! > > The New York State Education Department's implementation of the new Common Core Learning Standards holds students and educators accountable for materials they have not yet learned and penalizes children and teachers with high-stakes consequences for implementation problems over which they have no control. Placing a 3-year moratorium on high-stakes consequences of tests is critical to making sure Common Core helps educate our kids, not drain their motivation to learn. > > Furthermore, the Common Core tests themselves are dangerously unproven. Students, parents and educators deserve tests that are effective, fair and grade-appropriate -- so we're asking the commissioner of the State Education Department to determine test effectiveness BEFORE using them to evaluate our children and teachers. > > Non-diagnostic standardized testing for kids in Grades Pre-K-2? Ridiculous at best, and developmentally harmful at worst. We must stop this practice. > > Finally, we need to act now to protect the privacy of students in New York. No student information should be shared without student and parental consent -- especially not with third-party businesses -- yet this is exactly what will happen unless we support legislation to protect our kids' privacy. > > Take action now at the Truth About Testing site to tell legislators to support a 3-year moratorium on high-stakes consequences of testing, truth in testing for the Common Core, elimination of non-diagnostic standardized testing in Grades Pre-K-2, and student privacy protection! > > > > In solidarity, > > Andrew Pallotta > NYSUT Executive Vice President > > P.S.: Please help protect our children and teachers by demanding Truth About > Testing! > > > > > > > Contact Us - Unsubscribe >