View Full Version : All NYC Students, teachers sweating high-stakes tests as parents rebel against constant prep

05-03-2011, 09:11 AM
From NY Daily News (http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/education/2011/05/03/2011-05-03_students_teachers_sweating_highstakes_tests_as_ parents_rebel_against_constant_pr.html) by Meredith Kolodner:
The pressure's on city students Tuesday as they begin taking a round of high-stakes standardized tests.

Children in third grade through eighth grade have been practicing for weeks - sometimes months - for the state reading and math exams in a bid to boost scores that plunged last year.

JHS 302 was on the list of schools facing closure this year after only 21% of the students passed last year's state reading exam and 28% passed in math. Perez's sixth-grade daughter, Evangelina, 11, began three days of after-school test prep in the fall.

Children who flunk the tests can be held back, but kids aren't the only ones whose futures are riding on the exams.

Schools that don't show improvement on the tests could be shut, and teacher tenure decisions are now directly linked to student performance on the exams.

Last year, pass rates on the reading exam dropped to 42% from 69% the previous year and to 54% from 82% in math.

Many students took test prep packets home over the spring break.

At Harlem Success Academy IV, students came to school during the vacation for test prep, teachers said.

PS 151 in Woodside, Queens, has devoted three periods a day to test prep since March.

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