A lot of pressure is put on students and teachers when it comes to New York's high stakes standardized testing. These exams have been created to assess students' knowledge and the effectiveness of teachers. Our Cara Thomas tells us some school districts are strongly against these kinds of assessments, one of which is the Liverpool School district.
LIVERPOOL, N.Y. -- The Liverpool School District is taking a stand.
"This kind of testing is not adding value to our students and it's not aiding our teachers and staff," said John Kennedy, the school board's Vice President.
High stakes standardized testing has made it's way into New York schools. High schoolers are assessed through regents exams and 3rd through 8th grade students are tested on their understanding of math and the english language arts through a series of written exams.
Liverpool Superintendent Mark Potter said, "At this level I'm not sure if a third grader has the capacity to sit for that length of time over the course of several days."
The school district is in the process of creating a resolution opposing the standardized testing. Instead of being an assett for teachers, Potter said these tests are a restriction on curriculums and are detrimental to the quality of a child's education.
Potter said, "I certainly think that rather than a paper and pencil and a three hour assessment I think we'd probably be better off coming up with some sort of a project based learning assessment that really identifies the skills a student has not necessarily what learning, listening and memorization."
The resolution was discussed in the school board of education meeting Tuesday night. And while board members like the premise of the resolution, some had concerns regarding the factual accuracy of the document.
"I know we need to do something different, I know testing isn't the be all and I know our district and our teachers need our support, I just want to make sure we're using the right vehicle," said board member Stacey Balduf.
Superintendent Potter says the Liverpool School District is one of many schools in New York State creating resolutions against standardized testing. While the resolution won't change whether students take the exams or not, he hopes these opposing statements will encourage the state's Department of Education will consider making some changes.