Friday, August 03, 2018
The Superintendent Of The Patchogue-Medford School Distrtict Supports The "Opt Out" Movement.
The "opt out" movement is alive and well and still going strong despite NYSED claims that fewer students "opted out" last year. While statistically that's true, still 19% "opted out" statewide last year and 51% on Long Island. In solidly white, middle class communities on Long Island, the "opt out" rate saw close to 3 out of 4 students "opt out". By contrast, NYC had a 3% "opt out" rate as both the UFT and the DOE discouraged parents from "opting out".
Now in an opening salvo to NYSED, the Superintendent of the Patchogue-Medford school district has sent a letter to teachers telling them that the State tests were useless and should be thrown into the garbage. The school district had a 76% "opt out" rate last year and it may be higher next year in light of the Superintendent's letter.
The student growth scores are based upon "junk science" and the State must eliminate this useless metric, Renumber, "garbage in, garbage out".
For more information about the "opt out" issues and the teacher evaluation system you can read my posts Here, Here, and Here.