The Mattituck school board has joined neighboring districts in making an official statement against the state’s controversial plan to mandate “field testing.”
Superintendent Anne Smith said there’s concern about the amount of time students and teachers prepare for the tests, which publishing companies administer to determine which questions could appear on future standardized tests.
“The amount of time and purpose behind the field testing — we’re struggling to see the direct connection benefiting our students and instructional practice,” she said. “We do feel that it’s important for us, as a board and a community, to keep sending [the state] a message that they need to slow down and to let us focus on what we’re doing with the testing.”
The school board unanimously passed the resolution, which the district plans to send to the Board of Regents. Board member Jeff Smith was absent.
Superintendent David Gamberg, who serves both Southold and Greenport school districts, had drafted a similar statement for his school boards last month, which were both approved unanimously.
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