Teachers of the Year were honored at a ceremony in May. Pictured are Teachers of the Year and administrators.
Dear Senator Allen and Assemblymen Conaway and Singleton:
The results of the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests are in, and once again, they show what most of us have known for decades: that New Jersey’s students are among the top in the nation.
The NAEP scores also show something else we’ve known for decades: that students’ standardized test scores largely correlate with their socioeconomic status. New Jersey and Connecticut, another top-performing state, are among the wealthiest in the nation, and we can interpret as much from their results.
But within even the wealthiest states in the nation, and certainly here in New Jersey, there exist concentrated areas of poverty where students produce test scores that are lower than those of their wealthier counterparts. Governor Christie labeled schools in these urban areas as “failure factories,” primarily because he believes that students’ “success” or “failure” is determined solely by scores on standardized tests.
We, as educators, know differently: the children in the State of New Jersey are not failures, and they should not be treated as such.
Follow the links below to get the most recent “STANDARDIZED” handouts. New ones were added for the May 4 show. If you attended April 30, I urge you to take a look at these additional resources.
Standardized-1 (Cover page with contact info only)
Standardized-2 (Letter from Bloomfield BOE)
Standardized-3 (Critical websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds)
Standardized-4 (State legislator information, current pending legislation)
Standardized-5 (The “Montclair Letter”, a sample “refuse” letter, how much testing is costing…)
Standardized-Postcard (Sample postcard that could be sent to legislators in support of A2901, or any other legislation from packet #4)
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