Students across New York began taking a barrage of high-stakes tests today that will have some children sitting for as long as three hours a day to meet the State Education Department’s (SED) testing regulations. They’ll face a series of testing booklets designed by SED officials to measure student growth in Math and English Language Arts. One thing is certain, students won’t be seeing any politicians or State Ed bureaucrats over the next few days. The state officials are steering clear of the schools this week despite invitations by teachers and parents to take the tests alongside kids and publish their scores.
If the Governor or SED commissioner John King did join kids across the state, they’d find multiple tests lasting from 90 minutes to up to three hours (for students with special needs). They’d be able to take a five minute break after 45 minutes of testing to stretch and take a breather, but they would be asked to stay at their desk-side and refrain from talking. One last bit of advice: skip that second cup of coffee in the morning, there are absolutely no unaccompanied bathroom breaks allowed in order to maintain test security and integrity.