Dear parents and educators of New York,
I teach elementary school in the East New York section of Brooklyn, New York. In 2013 and 2014, I administered Pearson’s New York State Common Core tests to English-language learners (ELLs). There is nothing meaningful about these assessments; no teacher I know supports them and I will not allow my child to take the tests when she enters third grade (even if the high-stakes are removed). Here are ten reasons why Pearson’s NYS Common Core tests should never see the light of day.
1.) They are too long, especially for students in grades 3-5. Over the course of six days, my 5th grade ELLs spent a total 13.5 hours sitting for the ELA (English-language arts) and math assessments. Here is what the 5th grade ELA assessment looked like last year (2014):
Day ONE: 27 pages long, 6 unrelated reading passages, 42 multiple choice questions