Computerized Common Core Tests Are Up Next For New York Schools

Parents from New York State are the most vocal Common Core opponents of all.  They have the most prolific opt-out movement.  Their teachers are not afraid to speak out against the standards.  Even their principals have taken a stand against the Core.   It’s a safe bet that they will all take issue with the Common Core tests from pencil and paper toward computerized testing:

NISKAYUNA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Students might be trading in their number two pencils for a computer mouse as the New York State Education Department wants to computerize standardized tests.

The state board of education is pushing for computerized standardized tests by next school year, but some parents question if the format is reliable.

Anthony has a few more years before he has to worry about Common Core testing, but his mother, Marissa Suraez, has her doubts about the standards.

“I don’t feel that they need to make a whole complex story out of simple math,” she said.

Across the country as well as in New York, the test has indeed made a ‘whole complex story out of simple math.’

So when she heard the tests might go digital, she wasn’t sure that was the best idea.

“Technology in general nowadays isn’t extremely reliable, so how are they supposed to handle complex problem solving and then handling it online,” she wondered.

It hasn’t always been reliable in Florida, where outage delays have extended the amount of time that teachers spend on Common Core.  We can expect similar hiccups in New York.

But New York’s education department is pushing to have the tests computerized. It stated in a memorandum sent to all school districts that it’s a way to keep up with a technology driven generation.

Niskayuna Central Schools Superintendent Dr. Cosimo Tangorra said switching from writing to digital does have its benefits.

“The move to computer-based testing would result in a quicker turnaround of the results and would eliminate at some point the need for stand alone field tests,” he said.

Tangorra also said the change brings the possibility of adapting tests to a student’s academic ability.

“Students are challenged or given more appropriate test questions based on previous answers,” he said.

But there’s another element some parents are unsure of.

“It seems experimental to me,” parent Liza Miller said. “Before we had a solid plan. All the adults know the solid plan, and now we’re at a loss with our children doing Common Core testing.”

Altering the tests based on questions that have already been answered does not present itself as a sound testing strategy. And yes, it is ‘experimental.’  Unfortunately the subjects for this experiment are our own children.

-Gabriel Diaz

Please stop by and sign our Petition To End The Common Core Exams.  Brook Putnam’s excellent e-Book “Rotten Core: How The Common Core Is Ruining Our Children’s Futures And What We Can Do About It” is available for purchase for only 99 cents right here.

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