At our Board meeting held last month, we approved the following position papers that were presented to us by our Resolutions Committee/Advocacy Team taking into account feedback from our members.
- establish balanced use of assessments to inform instruction without over testing or overemphasizing test performance
- create and use high quality assessments to measure what is important in a meaningful manner that meets the standards with validity, reliability, fairness, and developmental appropriateness - especially for students with disabilities or new English learners
- maintain a positive environment for students during assessment/test administration
- minimize the use of testing and test preparation so to maximize the learning environment and support whole child learning
- avoid the use of a single test or single assessment measure for the placement, promotion, or retention of a student, or within high stakes decisions affecting students
- establish developmentally appropriate seat time when assessing students
- use assessment as part of a holistic improvement of learning and strategic planning for the individual student, groups of students and school systems, rather than using assessment results for punishment or competition
- never use standardized multiple-choice tests and school readiness tests with preschool and early elementary children for any purpose
A big thank you to the Resolutions Committee/Advocacy Team who worked diligently and passionately on these position papers.
Bonnie M. Russell
NYS PTA® President
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