The post has been updated on May 21st, 2014
Malverne Mule has been selected to administer three Regents Examination Field Tests. (They may have already started). The tests are Algebra 2/Trigonometry, Physics, and Geometry. The field test means that the test publisher is “fielding” how students answered the questions and, eventually, would adjust them for the real test. A field test has no other purpose. It goes directly to the company. It is not graded.
About half of NYS schools are selected in the fall, and the other half are selected in the spring. Not all grades are selected. The SED has instructed schools not to make parents aware of these tests and what they are for. In a memo from last year to superintendents, they stated, “Students should not be informed of the connection between these field tests and State assessments.”
The field test questions were incorporated in the ELA test at Davison Ave. school earlier in April. (This not the case in the upcoming math test). The NYSED is giving the test publisher time of our students away and we, tax payers pay for the time.
As is common with the CCSS “initiative”, each district interprets the field tests differently. Some don’t administer them at all, some let students have fun by filling random answers, and others take it rigorously.
I mentioned at the NAACP candidate forum, if we, parents participate in the wave of test refusals and consequently get rid of the state testing in coming years, our district would save $400K, still spending $400K on learning standards. Review the estimated cost of CCSS in our district in this post.
To this date, 5/21/14, the following districts officially refused to administer the stand alone field tests: Great Neck, Manhasset, Syosset, Jericho, and Glen Cove. Plainview/Old Bethpage grades 3, 4, and 5.