As you may be aware, Commissioner Elia is providing all superintendents with a toolkit to reduce the number of opt outs in their districts. This is a very high priority for Elia and she will undoubtedly exert great pressure on superintendents to comply. The toolkit includes same letters and other materials to persuade (intimidate?) educators and parents not to support opting out. Needless to say, all of these materials of riddled with misconceptions, deceptions and outright falsehoods.
The full toolkit may be viewed at http://www.nysed.gov/assessments-toolkit.
Attached to this email are two of the items from the toolkit – a sample superintendent letter to teachers and a discussion guide for educators to use in talking to parents about the assessments – with rebuttal points added to highlight some of the misinformation being promulgated.
Please let your members know that the commissioner is promoting this anti-opt out effort with superintendents and inoculate them against the deceptive claims contained in the toolkit materials.