POV: When it comes to testing, there are options

You can do something. First, we have to decide that talk is cheap, and it is time to take some action. Here are some ideas to help you get started:

• Visit the Facebook page, Long Island Opt-Out Info.

• Visit the website www.LearningisMore.org.

• Take a look at a NYS Testing Program Educator Guide online to get the full flavor of the intensity of the testing experience.

• Go to engageny.org and put “Testing Program Educator Guide 2013” in a search on the site and click on “Just Released 2013 Test Guides” and then scroll down and click on third grade and you will eventually get to download the guide for viewing. It isn’t easy; it’s a state website after all. Be persistent!

• Read the March 31, 2013 New York Times article entitled “Ex-Schools Chief in Atlanta is Indicted in Testing Scandal.”

• Meet with other concerned parents and discuss how high stakes testing has had negative consequences on your children’s education.

Felicia Bordick and her colleagues, Carol Smith and Joyce Thomas, are authors of “Kitchen Table Time: Recipes for School Success.” Please feel free to contact Felicia Bordick with comments, questions, or suggestions at kitchentabletime@gmail.com.

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