RESOLUTION ON NYS LEARNING STANDARDS
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ST Caucus NYS Standards resolution, which was approved at the NYSUT RA on 5/2/2015
Resolution to oppose the current College and Career Readiness Standards created by NYSED and a call for their replacement
Whereas, The recent release of items from the 3-8 grade ELA and Math assessments exposed how developmentally inappropriate these tests are; and
Whereas, These items were not there by mistake, but rather, reflect the inappropriate College and Career Benchmarks adopted by NYSED; and
Whereas, In 2013 NYSED, through a College Board study, set New York’s College and Career Readiness benchmark to a combined score of 1630 on the SAT, which is in the 66th percentile, and
Whereas, This creates an expectation that all of New York’s students will do better than the top 34% of college bound students nationally, and
Whereas, In 2013 the College Board conducted its own College and Career Readiness study and benchmarked it to a combined score of 1550 on the SAT, which is in the 57th percentile, and
Whereas, New York’s unique and inappropriately high College and Career Benchmark serves to create a false narrative of failure about New York’s students and schools; and
Whereas, Thousands of students each year are inappropriately labeled not College and Career Ready, because of these standards, and
Whereas, Standards are necessary, but inappropriate standards can be abusive; and
Whereas, NYSUT members are charged with protecting their student’s health and well being, including their emotional health; therefore be it
Resolved, that NYSUT is opposed to the current College and Career Readiness Benchmarks being used by NYSED and calls for the commissioning of a panel including educators and developmental psychologists to set new developmentally appropriate standards.