April 16th, 2014
NYC Parents, Teachers Protest State Tests that Include Inappropriate Questions, Product Placements
By Ian Reifowitz
Parents, students, and teachers took to the streets Friday morning across New York City to protest the state tests in English Language Arts that were given last week. The tests derive from the Common Core requirements, however the focus of the protest wasn’t the Common Core itself, but the truly awful content of the test. Principal Liz Phillips of PS 321 in Park Slope, Brooklyn, laid out the issue in her NYT op-ed piece:
I want to be clear: We were not protesting testing; we were not protesting the Common Core standards. We were protesting the fact that we had just witnessed children being asked to answer questions that had little bearing on their reading ability and yet had huge stakes for students, teachers, principals and schools.