An interesting post at www.nystoptesting.com says:
Field Tests coming to NY Schools in October
New York Parents--be aware that NYSED and Pearson are forcing our schools to waste more time on testing. In over 500 schools children will be "guinea pigs" on the Field Tests given from October 23-25. If your school is not selected in the fall, then it will be conducting the tests in the spring.
A "field test" is an exam that Pearson uses to help create the "regular" exams for our children. So basically our students are being used as "test subjects" to create future tests. This is another huge waste of valuable education time trying out test questions for the "real" tests, both of which do nothing to improve our children's education.
List of schools NYSED is forcing to give FIELD TESTS: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B8sMmAT7SjraX0hzb0JhOHhOUkk
The Newburgh City School District schools listed in the document are:
- Balmville School, Grade 4 ELA
- Vails Gate High Tech Magnet School, Grade 4 ELA
- Meadow Hill Global Explorations Magent School, Grade 7 ELA