Parent Action Committee (PAC)

**The BNS PAC webpage is currently under construction but the links below are current. Please enjoy and stay tuned for an improved page. Thank you.** 

 

UPDATES!

Video from April 1, 2014 Opt Out Press Conference (courtesy of hotindienews.com)

Stills from April 1, 2014 Opt Out Presser (courtesy of GIRLRAY)

Links to Media Coverage (a long list and growing)

Parent Takiema Bunche-Smith's Powerful Blog Post

Parent Janine Sopp's Heartfelt "Opt Out, The New Normal"

 

VIEW OUR BNS HIGH STAKES TESTING PRESENTATION

About Opting-out of the State Tests

Required Assessment for Children Who Opt-Out of State Tests

Blackline Master Assessment vs State Tests

How do the State Tests Affect Children and Teachers?

If and When You're Ready, Here's the Opt-Out Letter. Just Fill it Out and Return to Amy S. in Backpack Mail.

On the State Tests for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders

On Test Scores and Getting into Middle School and our Middle School Survey 

Check out the following minutes from recent Testing Q&A sessions with Anna:

·     Anna Q&A – Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014

·     Anna Q&A at PTA – Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014

·     Anna Q&A – Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

Click HERE for a great conversation on High Stakes, Alternative Assesment, and the NYS Regents Waiver. This conversation took place at the Institute for Collaborative Education (ICE) on 2/12/14.

Click HERE for a series of Testing FAQs generated by the BNS School Leadership Team

Click HERE for Testing FAQs generated by a different school (Earth School in Manhattan)

Click HERE to learn more about the BNS benchmarks

If and when you're ready to opt out, here's a sample opt out letter.  Return it to Amy S. in backpack mail.

 Here are three things you can do now:

·             JOIN OUR PAC YAHOO GROUP, EMAIL   bns-bcs-pac-subscribe@yahoogroups.com 

·             Click HERE to take our brief quiz: Fun Facts about Testing & Teacher Evaluation. You'll find the answers HERE. 

BELOW YOU WILL FIND MANY HELPFUL ARTICLES AND RESOURCES

Community Education Council, District 15 Public Meeting: “High-Stakes Testing and District 15 Common Core Test Results”, READ ANNA'S TRANSCRIPT HERE

BNS teacher, Katherine Sorel, who proctored this year’s state tests, breaks down what made this year’s tests harder, & it wasn’t because our kids were asked to do more challenging work. Note to Test Designers: Bad Questions are not the Same as Hard Questions

BNS parent Liz Rosenberg, explains some of the reasons that her family will refuse their daughter’s test scores this year, including a discussion of far-above-grade-level test passages and the arbitrary designation of what is “proficient.”  Why We Won’t Look at Our Daughter’s Test Scores

The NY Times editorial board lays out the argument for scaling back high stakes testing policies.

What does the “Common Core” look like for first grade? This link is to a recommended NY State Early World Civilizations first grade unit plan.

Citing “growing evidence of the reforms' ill effects and of the reformers' self-interested motives, John Tierney offers a comprehensive analysis of the impacts of corporate reform policies and practices, and explains why he believes a revolution public education is coming.

ParentVoicesNY is one of the groups parents have formed to address high stakes testing. Here is a brief history of high stakes testing. This is a great resource for learning about the gradual increase in tests and the stakes attached to them over time in NYC and NY State.

How do the new teacher evaluation systems work? Aaron, Pallas, a professor at Teachers College, examines the outcomes of last year’s NYC pilot of these “value added” systems, looking at the teacher whose data report identified her to be one of the “worst” teachers in the city.

Why parents in Long Island and elsewhere chose to opt their children out of high-stakes tests last year

What does the big drop in new standardized test scores really mean?

What are private schools doing about testing?

Public School Standardized Testing:  Enough Is Enough for New York State Kids

Private Schools Are Expected to Drop a Dreaded Entrance Test

Private Schools Take a Comprehensive View

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FOR MORE INFORMATION AND LINKS ON HIGH STAKES TESTING, VISIT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES:

Parent Voices NY’s toolkit

Change the Stakes