Dear Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio,
You have spoken out in support of so many fantastic education policies. We’re hopeful that as you begin to put your policies in place, you will work to lower the high stakes of the New York State tests for New York City students and teachers.
We believe that valid assessments used thoughtfully by teachers and schools can be extremely useful. But we also believe New York’s testing program – as currently designed and practiced in grades 3-8 – is not educationally sound and should not be used to make high stakes decisions for students, teachers, principals, or schools.
While there are more aspects of high stakes testing that need to be changed, we ask that you take the following actions once in office:
1. End promotion tied to test scores.
2. End middle and high school admissions tied exclusively to test scores.
3. End school report cards based primarily on student test scores.
These changes won’t fix everything, but they'd be a great start in helping to lower the weight these high stakes tests are currently placing on teachers and their students.