UPDATE: The DPCC voted 14-2 Tuesday night (with many abstaining or declining to vote) against the resolution asking that the district and state scale back high-stakes standardized testing, said President Sam Radford. The parent group decided instead gather more information and data regarding existing classroom testing and then reconsider the resolution at a later meeting.
Original blog post follows below:
Parents with Buffalo's District Parent Coordinating Council are preparing to join their suburban counterparts in expressing concerns over the implementation of the Common Core learning standards, particularly the high-stakes testing that is eating up instructional classroom time.
The parent group, which meets from 6 pm to 8 p.m. tonight at Makowski School 99, is expected to adopt a resolution asking the Buffalo school board join with the many other school districts in New York State in expressing their opposition to "overreliance on standardized testing."
Aside from asking that the district and state work to limit the use of standardized tests, the DPCC will also discuss privacy concerns related to the state's use of a private company, InBloom, Inc., to keep track of detailed and personally identifiable student information for the development of classroom tools. DPCC Parlimentarian Wendy Mistretta said the district has provided the parent group no feedback regarding the matter.
Below is the resolution asking that the district and the state support the reduction and use of standardized tests in the classroom.
-- Sandra Tan