Despite public concerns about the validity and appropriateness of the NYS field testing, the Kings Park Central School District is moving full steam ahead anyway.
In addition, the district has just informed parents with only 5 days before the actual test date.
“We were recently notified by the State Education Department that our third grade students are required to participate in the ELA field tests that will take place on Thursday, June 5, 2014.” – According to documents published on the NYSED website, the district was informed (or should have known) back in March of 2014. In addition, the field tests are NOT mandatory, but a NYSED memo that has surfaced appears to encourage educators to mislead students about upcoming standardized field tests. Many districts on Long Island have already decided to cancel these field tests.
“Field testing provides data necessary to ensure validity and reliability of the New York State Testing Program.” – The field tests are a series of standardized exams developed by the independent testing company Pearson. The company uses the field tests as trial for questions it may use on future exams. Pearson recently won a five-year, $32 million contract to draft New York state tests.
Below is the letter sent to parents about the field testing. Notice the use of language from the NYSED memo that encourages educators to mislead the parents and students.