Please take SED’s survey on the grades 3-8 testing schedule

Monday, May 11th, 2009 at 8:34 pm by

A few months back, the State Education Department conducted an online survey on possible changes to the grades 3 through testing schedule for mathematics and English language arts.

Overall participation in the survey was strong — there were over 22,000 participants.  And the overwhelming consensus was that the current schedule (ELA in January; math in March) should be changed.  But how to change the schedule produced no agreement.

So the Board of Regents asked the Department to conduct another survey, narrowing the options for consideration.

Here are the options:

  • Option 1: Administer the English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics (Math) Tests concurrently during the first week of May and score both sets of examinations during the second week of May.
  • Option 2: Keep the administration of the Grades 3-8 Mathematics Tests in early March and move the administration of the ELA Tests from January to late March/early April.
  • Option 3: Retain the current testing calendar.

In the last survey only 200 or so superintendents participated, inviting the supposition that the issue might be unimportant to Council members.  We know that is not the case, and that superintendents will be on the front line in the effort of making a new schedule work, and in facing complaints if it doesn’t.

So please take the time now to complete SED’s survey here.

The survey itself explains pluses and minuses of each option.

Here is a letter from SED Senior Deputy Commissioner Johanna Duncan Poitier explaining the new survey.

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