I was very pleased that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Education Chair Cathy Nolan called for a delay in the implementation of high stakes testing which is exactly what I asked for in my letter of October 21st to State Regents Chancellor Tisch. It is clear to me that these tests are doing more harm than good for both students and teachers. The tests are not a valid indicator of college or career readiness, are not improving teaching or learning and are not a reliable measure of a teacher’s ability. They are, however, another unfunded mandate creating undue emotional stress for students and financial hardship on all school districts, but especially on those with fewer resources.
I also agree with the majority of parents who are very concerned about sharing student privacy data. It is essential that the state answer the many questions parents have about the acquisition, use and security of this data. For this reason, I have co-sponsored legislation that would give parents the right to deny the sharing of their child’s data.
These issues are of utmost importance to me because I believe that we need to provide our children with the best education possible. It’s all a process and we’re working through it in an effort to make the New York State school system the best in the country.
If you have any questions on these educational issues, or any other issues for that matter, please feel free to call my office at 914-723-1115 or write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.