A recent article has appeared on the Smithtown Patch website indicating that Smithtown Central School District has passed a resolution on high stakes testing. The article does a fine job outlining the many other districts in New York that have passed similar resolutions.
In the article, Smithtown BOE Trustee Karla Greco is quoted saying Common Core is “like a cancer.” She also praised Carol Burris, the award winning principal from Rockville Center for her tough stance on high stakes testing.
Below is the newly passed resolution by Smithtown Central School District.
… Whereas, we do not oppose accountability in public schools and point with pride to the stellar performance of our students and teachers, but believe that standardized test dominate instructional time and block our ability to make progress toward a world-class education system.
Resolved, that Smithtown Central School District calls on Governor Cuomo, Commissioner King, the State Legislature, and the Board of Regents to reexamine the public school accountability systems in this state, including the Annual professional Performance Review (APPR) and to develop a system based on multiple forms of assessment which do not require extensive standardized testing, more accurately reflects the broad range of student learning and is used to support students and improve schools.