At its Representative Assembly (RA) in May, NYSUT voted to oppose and replace New York’s College and Career Benchmarks.
NYSUT must respect its resolutions and vehemently defend our students and schools against abusive standards and tests.
The resolution reads as follows:
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.