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They’re Starting to Feel It!

This is another of the many Messages from the Commissioner that just makes my blood boil!
I have deleted much of the message, and left this part all about the new COMMON CORE TESTS.
One has to ask, Why this sudden “push” to tell everyone that these new tests are so amazing?  Could it be that the powers in Albany are starting to HEAR US when we talk about having our children REFUSE to take the tests? Could it be that they are sort of like the Wizard that was just a sad fraud when the curtain was pulled back and not the “Wonderful Wizard” at all?
Reading this passage, on the heels of NYSUT’s “Listening Tour” and our own WNY4PE “Opt Out Forum” this past weekend, I’m guessing that we are finally being heard and taken seriously in Albany! Notice how the “Commish” reminds us that we all expect student scores to fall, but that no one expects it to adversely affect teacher, principal or school ratings.
Notice how he tells us (teachers, principals and anyone who subscribes to his updates) that he understands our stress. Notice how he makes a point about the CCSS being part of “Local Control”.
These are all LIES! Since APPR is in effect, the declining scores will most certainly affect ratings! How can they not, when it’s someone in Albany determining VAM scores? Local Control? That’s a lie too – there is NO MORE LOCAL CONTROL with the adoption of the CCSS! In fact, NYSED is producing a state – wide curriculum of “Modules” that are scripted an paced, and by the way even include a list of the books you’re supposed to have your students reading. To everyone who says “What’s the problem with Standards?”, I say – THIS IS THE PROBLEM WITH THE CCSS!! NYSED has, in fact, made them a curriculum – with no local input, no teacher input!!
Message from Commissioner King

So, what do Common Core assessments really mean? Here are five key points – emphasized in a recent field memo from Deputy Commissioner for P-12 Education Slentz – that should help address some frequently asked questions about the transition to the Common Core.

  1. In 2013, New York State, for the first time, will be reporting 3rd through 8th grade student grade-level expectations against a trajectory of college- and career-readiness as measured by tests fully reflective of the Common Core. As a result, the number of students who score at or above grade level expectations will likely decrease.
  2. As mentioned above, we expect the assessment scores will decline. But we also expect that decline will have little or no impact on principals’ and teachers’ State-provided growth scores. Based on New York’s approach to measuring growth relative to demographically similar students, similar proportions of educators will earn each rating category (Highly Effective, Effective, Developing, and Ineffective) in 2012-13 compared to 2011-12.
  3. The number of students meeting or exceeding Common Core grade-level expectations should not be interpreted as a decline in student learning or a decline in educator performance. The results from these new assessments will give educators, parents, policymakers, and the public a more realistic picture of where students are on their path to being well-prepared for the world that awaits them after they graduate from high school.
  4. No new districts will be identified as Focus Districts and no new schools will be identified as Priority Schools based on 2012-13 assessment results.
  5. Local policies and practices should balance the need for increased rigor against legitimate student expectations for access to educational programs, including local promotion and admission policies.

There’s much more information about the Common Core and the new assessments below and on EngageNY.org. Take a moment to check out what’s posted there. 

Again, I understand how stressful change can be, especially when you’re asking students to read more challenging texts, to better support their arguments with evidence drawn from text, to write from sources, to achieve deep conceptual understanding of the most important math concepts of each grade, and to apply their math skills to real-world problems. But we owe it to our students to move forward; opportunity awaits them and it’s our responsibility to make sure they’re equipped to seize that opportunity.

Thank you for your dedication and perseverance over these last three years and now as we continue to move forward to implement the Regents Reform Agenda. Our students, schools, communities, and state are all the better for the work you do every day.

 Dr. John B. King, Jr.

Interestingly, I also found out that today, this NYSUT Ad is running across the state. So, folks, now is the time to REALLY put the pressure on Albany. Go to http://www.nysut.org/testing and sign the petition. While you’re there……..take the opportunity to “Tell It Like It Is” – no worries if you don’t consider yourself an “educator”, you have the chance to let the “man behind the curtain” know that you’ve pulled the curtain back and see him for what he is – NO FRIEND OF PUBLIC EDUCATION!

Welcome to the World of Paced and Scripted Curriculum

http://engagenystg.prod.acquia-sites.com/sites/default/files/resource/attachments/3m1.1.pdf

Well, NY…………here it comes…………..PACED and SCRIPTED Curriculum courtesy of our friends at engageny.org.

The link above is 100 pages long and it is ELA Module 1, Unit 1 for Third Grade.

If you can stomach it, take a look at lesson 1 – it’s only 6 pages long complete with directions to “gather the group back together”.

The BEST (well, ok the WORST) part of all these modules is that NYSED is now saying this is AND ONLY THIS is acceptable curriculum in NYS. They’re going to cut us all a break, though and allow us to use “Textbook Money” to print enough of these lovely guides for every teacher.

Here’s the kicker, though – there are lists and lists of “recommended texts” to match each lesson, each module, each assessment. Where are we going to get the money to buy all these books? For crying out loud – there are schools with NO LIBRARIES or LIBRARIANS! And, how on earth will every third grader in the state be reading the same books on the same days?? I’m pretty sure that those books aren’t going to fall from the sky.

Hey, what about this: How about if BOCES buys enough sets for the schools in their regions? After all, most of NY’s RTTT money went to BOCES for training in CCSS implementation. BOCES trainers tell us all to visit engageny for the latest breaking information. Every district pays into BOCES COSERS – we should probably be able to get our materials from them right? WRONG! Our district has been told that our BOCES will NOT be purchasing enough books for everyone. WHAT??

Adding insult to injury, if you dare to visit engageny, you will see that there are NO modules for ELA below third grade! From what I’ve seen, primary grade teaches will have the joyful “opportunity” to attend training in early August on these yet-to-be-seen modules. Yeah, that’s a great plan – NOT!

Teachers are constantly being told to implement this, do that, test this, collect data on that WITHOUT THE PROPER TOOLS, MATERIALS and TRAINING! And, don’t even get me started on the fact that the CCSS is SOOOOOOOOO developmentally inappropriate that it isn’t even funny.

So, I guess – coming to YOUR CHILD’S school in September – no books, no materials, and teachers with no training or time to examine the curriculum in-depth. Of course, since teaching has become a “paint by numbers” activity, I guess it doesn’t really matter………or does it??