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We, the undersigned, support higher standards that are reasonably designed, implemented with care, and accompanied by the resources schools need to achieve them. The New York State testing program has undermined the implementation of higher standards, by creating a test-driven environment that does not serve our children well. High stakes testing continues to waste precious taxpayer dollars and student learning time. It is time 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.
- Testing results belong to students and families. They should not be used to close schools, retain students or evaluate educators, and they should never be used for commercial purposes nor given to national databases.
- Schools should be safe havens where students feel secure and cared for, not…
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