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NY Educators Want to Talk About Standardized Tests, but Can't

 NY Educators Want to Talk About Standardized Tests, but Can't

Jim Dwyer of The New York Times wrote a column explaining that even though they want to, teachers and principals in New York State are not allowed to disclose any contents of the standardized English tests that were administrated in the beginning of April. 

Bob Bender, principal of Public School 11 in Chelsea, said he wanted to talk testing with Dwyer, but couldn't because he "can't go against state embargo."

"I want to," Bender said. "I want my voice to be heard about how outraged I was about the exam."

Dwyer said it is "hard to ignore an uprising by 37 principals from schools in Manhattan, as well as others from Brooklyn, who say they are not opposed to accountability or testing, but have spoken in blunt terms about the design and quality of this year's English tests."

Dwyer continued and said the more than 40 principals came from just a fraction of the city's schools, and that is more schools than most districts in the country have.

"And most striking is who is sounding the alarm: Public school principals, as a group, are generally not militant," Dwyer wrote.

Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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