We,the undersigned, support higher standards that are reasonably designed, implemented thoughtfully, and accompanied by the resources schools need to achieve them. The New York State testing program has undermined the implementation of such higher learning standards, by creating a test-driven environment that does not serve our children well. High stakes testing has been in existence for more than a decade, wasting precious taxpayer dollars and student learning time and it has not worked. The time has come to say, “no more”.
We believe the following:
- High-stakes testing lowers the quality of education due to “teaching to the test”. It reduces time for the enrichment students need and enjoy, while increasing unhealthy emotional stress in our children.
Based on the above, we support an immediate moratorium on high stakes testing in the State of New York. Testing exists to serve our students. Our students do not exist to serve testing.