NYSED provides guidance on which standards will be covered on the state tests. They are even so kind as to notify administrators and teachers as to the extent these items should be covered.
The problem we all come across is that the NYS list is created for convenience sake, but does not make much sense if your school is following a Math program that has any sort of sequential order (lessons that build upon each other).
Teachers and administrators are in a mad scramble to pull lessons out of order and even double up because NYSED has provided guidance that these topics might be on the test.
While the students become “exposed” to the concepts, any hope for building a foundation of learning that will last is lost.
This practice is widespread. We need to stop worrying if our students are ready for the test in April. We need to stop teaching to the test and start teaching to the student.
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