In today's Daily News, it is revealed that schools will be forced to pull teachers out of their classrooms for up to three days next month to score the state exams.
This will even affect students in grades, like Kindergarten, who do not have to take these tests. Why?
"[Some principals] said they were reluctant to pull teachers in older grades out of the classrooms so close to the state math exams, which are given in March."
In the past, DOE hired teachers to score these standardized tests during the February break. Now, schools will have to pay substitutes to take their place.
Yet in a budget presentation to the PEP, DOE officials falsely described the revision in the “scoring of state assessments in Math and ELA” as a major part of its “$40 million cut to Central and Field.”
In another budget document circulated by
Instead, this represents yet another major budget cut to our schools. Not to mention its damaging effects on the classroom.
More testing, less learning. And more evidence of how the DOE’s claims to be making major cuts to administration cannot be trusted.