Long Island Principal ‘Horrified’ by Quality of State Exams. – M. Newman

Newman, Maria.  “Long Island Principal ‘Horrified’ by Quality of State Exams.”  New York Times Schoolbook.  May 2, 2012.  Retrieved from: http://www.nytimes.com/schoolbook/2012/05/02/long-island-principal-decries-quality-of-state-exams/

Principal Sharon Emick Fougner wrote a letter to the NY education commissioner about the poor quality of standardized tests and that this type of testing is harming students.

The exams are new this year and were produced by the Pearson testing company under a five-year, $32 million contract. They are not being publicly released, ostensibly to prevent teachers and tutors from teaching to the new test.

Ms. Fougner explained why she wrote to the commissioner: “I really feel at this point that we are waging a war for the hearts and minds of our children. My obligation as a principal of a school and as an educator is to advocate first and foremost for children. I can’t watch what’s happening to our children without speaking out against it.”


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