Brennan Asks Regents to Declare “Time-Out” on Penalties to Schools in Wake of Drastic Test Score Overhaul
Seeks a year to develop new yardsticks for progress and halt separate New York City penalty system
August 12, 2010
State Assemblymember Jim Brennan (D-Brooklyn) has asked the State Board of Regents and the Education Department to suspend any new penalties on schools for at least a year in the wake of the State’s drastic test score overhaul. The State dramatically increased the test score threshold for proficiency for reading and math in grades 3-8 for 2010. In New York City, the percentage levels of students achieving proficiency in grades 3-8 dropped 26 points in English Language Arts and 28 points in math. “Every school in the State needs a fresh start from sanctions for lack of progress,” Brennan stated in a letter to Regents Chancellor Meryl Tisch and State Education Commissioner David Steiner. “The State needs to take the 2010 results as a new base year for which to measure progress,” Brennan added in the letter. He asked the State to use the interval created by the “time out” to develop a new yardstick for assessments involving progress, sanctions, and the closure of schools.