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S-GI district parent calls for participation in campaign

Editor:

Soon parents whose children participated in last spring’s English Language Arts and Math state assessments will receive their Parent Score Reports from the Springville-Griffith Institute Schools. As part of the ongoing concern regarding the excessive mandated testing of young students, Western New Yorkers for Public Education has called for local parents to send back their score reports to state education officials.

The “Return to Sender” campaign is part of a state-wide action by parents who are concerned about the impact of federal and state education policy on their children.

Parents are encouraged to send their child’s score report to NYSED Commissioner Dr. John King and local Board of Regent Robert Bennett. Community members or parents without children of “testing age” are asked to send their school district score reports to education officials, as a method of protest. Families who chose to boycott last spring’s assessments can send their school’s report back, as well.

To be clear, testing has always been part of a balanced method of assessing student progress. Advocates are not anti-test, but instead concerned about how excessive mandated testing limits educational opportunities and drains school budgets. School curriculum has become focused primarily on tested subjects, instead of the well-rounded education that previous generations have enjoyed.

School budgets have been impacted by the costly mandates that the assessment system has forced local districts to bear. The public is beginning to see the damage current federal and state education policy is having on our local schools. Continued activism is needed, for our voices to be heard in Albany and Washington.

For more information on the “Return to Sender” campaign, please visit wnyforpubliced.com and sgimatters.com.

Chris Cerrone
Springville


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