A word from NY principals

Dear Parents,

We are the principals of your children’s schools. We serve communities in every corner of New York State — from Niagara County to Clinton, Chautauqua to Suffolk. We come from every size and type of school, with students from every background. We thank you for sharing your children with us and for entrusting us to ensure that they acquire the skills and knowledge they need to achieve their dreams and your hopes for them.

This year, many of your children experienced the first administration of the newly revised New York State Assessments. You may have heard that teachers, administrators, and parents are questioning the validity of these tests. As dedicated administrators, we have carefully observed the testing process and have learned a great deal about these tests and their impact. We care deeply about your children and their learning and want to share with you what we know — and what we do not know — about these new state assessments….

Continue reading for more information about the flaws associated with the 3-8 state tests. You can add your name to support that letter here.

Please also read the New York State Principals APPR letter stating concerns about NY’s evaluation system for teachers and administrators.  Show your support for that letter here.  Did your principal sign the letter?  Find out here.  There are several from Otsego County schools, including the principal in my school.  The list is alphabetical by county.

Ask your principal why their name isn’t on the list.  They might not even know about the letter and will thank you for bringing it to their attention!


About Betsy Bloom

Betsy is an Associate Professor of Education at Hartwick College in Oneonta NY. She is also a parent of two, a nine year veteran middle school social studies teacher and the current president of the NYS Foundations of Education Association, an organization dedicated to achieving social justice through public education.
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