Below is a copy of the email I sent to firstname.lastname@example.org to protest moving the Geometry Regents Exam to June 9. David Abrams has asked for teacher input. You are welcome to copy and adjust the text of my email into your own to voice your position.
This email is to express strongly that the Geometry Regents Exam should NOT be administered on June 9 as currently proposed instead of the first day of the Regents exam testing week as originally suggested.
Administering this exam this much earlier puts unnecessary hardship on students, disrupts schools, and potentially skews the standard setting that is will be completed with the data collected from this administration. It puts the needs of systems over the needs of students. The reduction of several instructional days will negatively affect students' performance on this new exam and potentially other exams as substitutes will be needed while math teachers administer and score the exam and students will miss classes for this testing. Such a plan increases costs and compromises the continuity of the last days of the school year. In a typical 9-12 high school, this plan will disrupt a significant portion of the school campus and its students.
It is very important that this exam is scheduled as close to or during the original Regents exam week as possible. The teachers of NY State have worked hard to pace this new course within the time available and are capable of scoring the exams in time to get them back for standard setting as they did last year. Keeping the exam as originally scheduled is the right decision for students of New York State.
Sincerely, Tom Mariano Director, Mathematics and Science Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Greece Central School District 750 Maiden Lane Rochester, NY 14615