Saturday, March 21, 2020

All State And Federal Tests Are Cancelled





















The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has cancelled all standardized tests for this year for grades 3 to 8 and the high school Regents (Its just a matter of time).  In addition, President Trump has cancelled all federally mandated exams.   The question is how will it affect the teacher evaluation system this year?

My guess is that there will be no evaluation for teachers this year due to incomplete observations and no tests to evaluate student growth.  However, I do expect the DOE to at least try to evaluate the teachers but will fail when they agency is threatened with court action by the union and the Mayor and/or the Governor sides with the teachers, knowing the DOE would lose in court.

I also suspect that the schools will not reopen this school year and that also will contribute to the DOE's failure in winning the argument to try to still evaluate teachers. The only item that the DOE might win on is the tenure issue as they might deny tenure to eligible teachers this year due to having no grades and an incomplete year of data.

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

What about teaching remotely? Not possible!

Anonymous said...

The Regents have not yet called the shot on high school Regents Exams; just the grade 3 & 8 tests--let's hope!

Anonymous said...

The last two lines of the Chalkbeat article states that there has been no decision yet about the high school regents exams.

Anonymous said...

At this time, Saturday 3/21 9:00 am, HS Regents exams have not been cancelled.

Anonymous said...

Are you sure they've announced the cancellation of the HS Regents Examinations?

Anonymous said...

I’m afraid how I as an ATR Will be paid.
Because the school didn’t tell me anything.
Some schools are required staff to login electronically.
I gave them my email but no Contact.
My school doesn’t require login electronically but the teachers
have Google classroom to check storage work.I don’t want
the board of Ed to pull a
fast one on me again.

Joe said...

From the link that you attached


On Friday, state officials said they have not yet made any decisions about Regents exams, which are required to graduate high school in New York State

Joe said...

Also, AP exams will still be given, but condensed and online from home.

Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place. Students will take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home.
Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be 2 different testing dates.

Anonymous said...

I read in chalkbeat that no decisions on Regents exams has been finalized yet.

Anonymous said...

They didn't cancel Regents exams yet from what I have read. Do you have a source Chaz?

Anonymous said...

Tests and evaluations should be the last thing on the bureaucrats' minds.

Chaz said...

There is little doubt that the Regents will be cancelled since it's unlikely that schools will reopen until May or June at the earliest.

Furthermore, the federal government has instructed the states to eliminate federally mandated exams.

Anonymous said...

https://www.change.org/p/gov-andrew-cuomo-all-nys-regents-exams-should-be-cancelled-or-reschediledfor-june-2020

NYSUT and UFT need to put pressure not fair to teachers who teach regents classes ... whatelse is new? the

Pesident announcing Fed gov waiving requirement..but my supervisor still telling me to prep.
ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

I bet 3020As will be backed up for years!

Anonymous said...

There is an article in the Post by Sue Edelman about several schools that had coronavirus yet staff still reported and were not told. The headline says that De Blasio and Carranza have blood on their hands. The teachers were dumb for going in in the first place. Also, Cuomo should have closed all the schools in the state the week prior, so there's blood on his hands too.

Anonymous said...

Its obvious to anyone who understands teaching and learning that a portion of teachers can possibly put out suggested material via Google Classroom (for example) for a portion of our kids to read and work on and a portion of those kids will possibly return work to be assessed or recorded.

(Put in those terms its obvious state exams are going bye-bye)

That is best case. And is not significant teaching and learning. But it'll due till the summer and come September, teaching and learning returns.

Anonymous said...

I imagine that if the Board of Regents does cancel the high school Regents, some major adjustments to the Advance ratings system will be needed---may teachers have the Regents as their MOSL

Anonymous said...

I agree with Chaz. Since no school in the State will open before April 20, I cannot see the high school Regents being given. The failure rate will be astronomical and teacher unions will object to using them for teacher evaluations.

Anonymous said...

@ i can see if schools return by may they carry on with the regents.
but not penalize anyone who falls.
that way they dont have an overlod of test takers next year - from those who pass this year.

Chaz said...

I don't believe the Regents will be employed since most of the schools will not be in session until May or June, if at all. Not enough time to complete the curriculum.

Anonymous said...

But the curriculum will be completed, the goal of the remote classroom is to continue the curriculum at the students own pace.
so when the return its just a continuation.

Chaz said...

!:27

Realistically, how much effort will the average NYC student put into learning remotely? Moreover, the weaker students will probably not even bother, if they log in and all.

Chaz said...

oops. It should have ended "if they log in at all.

Anonymous said...

@9:44 AM - I have an ATR status. Emailed my principal and payroll secretary about how my attendance would be taken. No answer. Checked the school's website and under the staff heading when I clicked on it, there is a staff attendance survey that needs to be taken daily to mark attendance. That is what I intend to do. I discovered this on my own without any guidance from those that should have informed me.

Anonymous said...

So Carranza began to work from home since Friday, 3/20/20 according to NY Post article. Why doesn't Carranza work in a Regional Enrichment Center with no protective gear like those that will be staffed there, including the students that will be there. Instead, he will be home. NICE....

Anonymous said...

@4:39 PM - As an ATR, where did you report to last week Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (3/17 - 3/20)?

Mike said...

1013,

No one reported to a school Friday.

Tuesday-Thursday last week, atrs reported to their assigned schools.

Atrs have been told to check their email. Period. The end.

Why people have been posting about atrs not getting paid etc is ridiculous!!!

It is not the fault of an ATR that the doe is incompetent and came up with this fair student funding making it tough to hire atrs.

Anonymous said...

@10:10 PM - Do you even work in the schools not to know that on Friday, 3/20/20 staff did not report to school buildings. Many schools did not establish a procedure for staff attendance last week. All staff no matter what status reported to their schools.

Anonymous said...

@10:13 PM - Staff reported to their schools last week, except for Friday. Were you unable to attend? Contact your school for updates.

Mr. Rose said...

first death of a principal just reported. Brooklyn Democracy Prep. She was in her 30s.

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