What’s Wrong with this Picture?

aiminghigherTake a look at the language in this subway advertisement informing the community about the new high stakes tests rolled out in NYC public schools this spring. This spring, who’s aiming higher? Who’s raising standards? Just who does the NYC DOE think “we” are?

Seems like it’s not the same “we” whose children are taking these new assessments. According to this sign, “WE’RE not satisfied teaching YOUR children basic skills.” Not “our” children; “your” children.

The increase in testing for students has a parallel in increased testing for teacher candidates. But that’s another post.

If you want to read more about how these assessments impacted children in New York State (OUR children), look here, here, here, and here; for more on summer testing, look here and here.

About Jessica Hochman

I am an assistant professor at Pratt Institute in the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) where I also coordinate the LMS Program (school librarians, for the uninitiated). I live in Brooklyn, NY.
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