The last two years we have featured reports on our blog from parents and teachers throughout the state, describing egregious errors on the state tests, the distraught responses of stressed-out kids, and if there were large numbers of kids who didn't attend or refused the exams.
Two years ago we broke the story of the absurd Pineapple passage and questions on the 8th grade exam, the account of which quickly went viral and nationwide; by the next day, the Commissioner had pulled the questions off the exam.
Last year, we received accounts about the epic fail of the ELA exams, with parents and teachers reporting ambiguous questions on the exams, repeated at different grade levels, kids not able to finish the tests, crying and throwing up, and distracting commercial logos and product placements in the reading passages. It got nearly 100 comments, and more than 30,000 page views.
Parents, teachers and students: Please post your reports of what happened in your school below, if your children opted out, how they spent the day. If not, how they and other students at the school responded. Also post on this website which is collecting reports of testing nationwide.
Yesterday's press release from NYSAPE is below. thanks Leonie