Questions Every Public School Parent Should Be Asking Now

It’s not too early to start thinking about the next academic year and the questions you need to be asking when it comes to the tests your child(ren) will be facing. Ask questions, get informed.

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It’s summer.  Report cards are out and families are on vacation. I’m glad for you if you are. Lazy days. No school days. Play days. Summer camp. Music. Mud. Hopscotch. Hanging out. Increasingly however, for some children who have been unsuccessful at passing the tests, summer just means more school. Remediation. Dog days of summer. And if they don’t pass the alternative tests… Retention. It might even be a high school diploma denied… indefinitely.

Many other parents like me, are preparing for the onslaught of testing that will bear down on our children in the coming school year, more frequently, and counting for more than ever.

NOW, not later, NOW is the time to help get your school administrators thinking about the reasoning, or the lack thereof, behind the policies they have put in place and uphold.

CALL TO ACTION:Here is a list of thought-provoking questions for you to present. You may…

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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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