In what can only be described as a fiasco, State Ed has retracted a statewide memo on this spring's grades 3-8 ELA and math assessments -- the same tests that were rescheduled twice after SED slotted them during spring break for many districts. When news media reported SED's memo to the field -- which said the department is significantly expanding testing time for ELA and math -- parents and educators reacted negatively. The department subsequently retracted the memo, maintaining it was sent out without the commissioner's approval. While SED claims publicly that it will now accept comments on the testing procedures, changes are unlikely since SED has also said the revised memo will go out next week. Interestingly, David Abrams, the longtime assistant commissioner in the Office of Standards, Assessment and Reporting, has resigned.
Our position has always been that students need appropriate time-- not more testing. Stay tuned!