Unlike regular tests, which educators use to inform instruction, identify learning problems, and measure academic achievement, High-Stakes Tests have little to no instructional or educational value for our children.
In NY, they are standardized, mostly multiple choice, bubble-in answers that are given in April and scored over the summer with nothing but the scores being revealed in September. Our children's answers become the property of NYSED and Pearson.
High-Stakes Tests are used to sort students and evaluate teachers, principals, and schools despite evidence that stand alone tests are considered a poor and inaccurate measure of student learning and that student test scores have no correlation to teacher effectiveness.
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