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File #: Res 1394-2012    Version: * Name: Re-examine public school accountability systems and to develop a system based on multiple forms of assessment which do not require extensive standardized testing.
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Education
On agenda: 6/28/2012
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State Education Department, the New York State Legislature, and the Governor to re-examine public school accountability systems and to develop a system based on multiple forms of assessment which do not require extensive standardized testing.
Sponsors: Robert Jackson, Gale A. Brewer, Margaret S. Chin, Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., Inez E. Dickens, Daniel Dromm , Lewis A. Fidler, Sara M. Gonzalez, Letitia James, Brad S. Lander, Rosie Mendez, Deborah L. Rose, Albert Vann, Jumaane D. Williams, Ruben Wills, James Vacca, Stephen T. Levin, James G. Van Bramer, Charles Barron, Mark S. Weprin
Council Member Sponsors: 20
Attachments: 1. Committee Report 11/25/13, 2. Hearing Testimony 11/25/13, 3. Hearing Transcript 11/25/13, 4. Committee Report 12/9/13, 5. Hearing Transcript 12/9/13, 6. Hearing Testimony 12/9/13, 7. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 12-10-13
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12/10/2013*Robert Jackson City Council Approved, by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
12/9/2013*Robert Jackson Committee on Education Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
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11/25/2013*Robert Jackson Committee on Education Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/25/2013*Robert Jackson Committee on Education Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/28/2012*Robert Jackson City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/28/2012*Robert Jackson City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 1394
 
 
Resolution calling upon the New York State Education Department, the New York State Legislature, and the Governor to re-examine public school accountability systems and to develop a system based on multiple forms of assessment which do not require extensive standardized testing.
 
 
By Council Members Jackson, Brewer, Chin, Comrie, Dickens, Dromm, Fidler, Gonzalez, James, Lander, Mendez, Rose, Vann, Williams, Wills, Vacca, Levin, Van Bramer, Barron and Weprin  
 
      Whereas, The federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act requires that states develop and report on measures of student proficiency in English language arts, math, and on a third indicator; and
      Whereas, In New York State (NYS), the third indicator is science at the elementary and middle school level, and graduation rate at the secondary level; and
      Whereas, Performance on the standardized tests determine whether students can graduate, and are also used to grade schools and to evaluate teachers; and
      Whereas, Many advocates say that high-stakes testing causes stress for students, parents, teachers, and school administrators; and
      Whereas, The NYS school system has been spending growing amounts of time, money, and energy on high-stakes standardized testing; and
      Whereas, The over-reliance on high-stakes standardized testing is undermining educational quality and equity in public schools by hindering educators' efforts to focus on the broad range of learning experiences that promote innovation, creativity, and problem solving; and
      Whereas, It is widely recognized that standardized testing is an inadequate and often unreliable measure of both student learning and educator effectiveness; and
      Whereas, The over-emphasis on standardized testing has caused considerable collateral damage in too many schools, including the narrowing of the curriculum, teaching to the test, reducing the love of learning, pushing students out of school, driving excellent teachers out of the profession, and undermining school climate; and
      Whereas, According to the New York City Department of Education, under No Child Left Behind, states are working to close the achievement gap and to ensure all students achieve academic proficiency; and
      Whereas, A nine-year study by the National Research Council has recently confirmed that the past decade's emphasis on testing has yielded little learning progress; and
      Whereas, High-stakes standardized testing has negative effects for students from all backgrounds, and especially for low-income students, English language learners, children of color, and those with disabilities; and
      Whereas, According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), there has been a failure to achieve a significant reduction in the achievement gap separating New York City's white students from African American and Latino students since 2003; and
      Whereas, Research by NAEP shows that the negative effects of our high-stakes testing environment are perhaps most pronounced for English Language Learners for whom the tests were not designed, who cumulatively and consistently fail to achieve proficiency within the limited school time before they are required to take the exam in English; and
      Whereas, The future well-being of our society relies on a high-quality public education system that prepares all students for college, careers, lifelong learning, and strengthens social as well as economic well-being; and
      Whereas, Developing a system based on multiple forms of assessment which does not require extensive standardized testing, would more accurately reflect the broad range of student learning; and
      Whereas, The culture and structure of the educational systems in which students learn must change in order to foster an engaging school experience that promotes joy in learning, depth of thought, and breadth of knowledge for students; now, therefore, be it
      Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York State Education Department, the New York State Legislature, and the Governor to reexamine public school accountability systems and to develop a system based on multiple forms of assessment which do not require extensive standardized testing.
 
LS# 3596
JP/GP
06/18/2012