Chancellor Zimpher Encourages Students Not To “Opt Out”

April 13, 2015

Albany – In a blog post on the State University of New York’s website today, SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher encouraged students not to opt out of state tests that begin in schools across New York tomorrow.

“When it comes to whether students should opt out of standardized testing, no one is actually talking about what’s best for our kids. Standardized tests have become a pawn in political debates about teacher evaluations and we have lost sight of what they are: a way to measure what students know so we can help them improve,” Chancellor Zimpher writes.

“If we are truly trying to do “what’s best for kids,” we would use standardized test scores to diagnose where we need to improve teaching and learning so that kids come to college ready to succeed. We need those results to support students, whether with early intervention when they are falling behind or to guide them toward advanced coursework when they are ahead of the curve. If kids opt out, we risk them being left behind.”

Chancellor Zimpher’s entire blog, “Opting Out of Our Future,” can be read online.

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