AFNM President Stephanie Ly
Secretary Skandera Warns Schools, Parents, And Educators To ‘Brace Themselves’
Albuquerque – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:
“With the upcoming release of the Partnership for Assessment and Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) scores, Secretary Skandera is working hard to lower expectations for student performance, yet doesn’t tell the full story in her comments.
“In the absence of meaningful data until full PARCC results are released on Oct. 30, and on top of the fact the Secretary is already lowering expectations for results, it is further proof of the folly of making student advancement decisions based solely on exams like PARCC.
“Secretary Skandera and Governor Martinez’s so-called reforms like ‘ending social promotion’ are purely political, and not based on sound educational policy. Dangerous sound-bite, policies championed by Secretary Skandera and Governor Martinez would simply create additional chaos in our schools and further distract from student learning.
“Additionally, by making assertions like, ‘The dip won’t be because our kids got worse or our teachers aren’t teaching as well – it is because we raised the bar,’ Secretary Skandera is failing to mention the same tests which are returning drastically poorer results will also be used to evaluate educators across New Mexico and make summative decisions, which can impact not only licensure, but also advancement in an educator’s career.
“Parents and community members need to continue to challenge the Governor, Secretary, and Public Education Department to demand we stop the unnecessary testing and interference with our children’s education, and bring relief to our educators.”