Wednesday Lunch Hour - A Community Conversation about the Opt-Out Movement and Testing in New York

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Noon - 12:50 pm
Genrich-Rusling Room, LeChase 215

In 2015, about 200,000 students (20%) in grades 3-8 in New York public schools refused to take the state's standardized tests. In some school districts, as many as 80% of students opted out of the tests. Parents, students and educators mobilized to protest the ways that the tests were being used, to protect their children from the stress of high-stakes tests and from being used by the state to evaluate teachers and schools, and/or to undermine the Common Core standards adopted by New York, among other reasons. New York has responded by making some changes to the ways that these tests are used and administered. We will have a conversation about the tremendous momentum the opt-out movement gained last year, whether or not the changes made address the many concerns, what can be gained by schools and educators through standardized tests and quality evaluation, and what this might mean for families and students making the opt-out decision this year.

Panelists will include Jeff Choppin, Associate Professor and Acting Chair of Teaching and Curriculum (moderator); David Hursh, Professor and author of Raising the Stakes: High-Stakes Testing and the Attack on Public Education in New York; Pam Kissel, Visiting Assistant Professor and a former superintendent of schools; and Kevin Meuwissen, Assistant Professor and Director of the Social Studies Education Program.

A lunch from DiBella's will be served. Food will be available at 11:45 am. The program starts promptly at noon.

Tags: David Hursh, Jeffrey Choppin, Kevin Meuwissen, New York State, Opt-Out movement, Pam Kissel, standardized testing, Warner Wednesday Talk