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Walter M. Haney

Dr. Walt Haney, Professor of Education at Boston College and Senior Research Associate in the Center for the Study of Testing Evaluation and Educational Policy (CSTEEP), is an expert in educational evaluation and assessment and educational technology. His work has been widely published in journals and periodicals, such as The Harvard Educational Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Washington Post. He is also the author of The Fractured Marketplace for Standardized Testing (Haney, Madaus & Lyons 1993), which presents an analysis of the testing industry in the United States. He has served as an expert witness in federal court cases concerning testing and assessment (for the Office of the Attorney General of New York and the U.S. Department of Justice) and has recently been consulting on a case in which it is alleged that the National Merit Scholarship program discriminates against women. Dr. Haney also served as an expert consultant to the New York State Education Department.

At CSTEEP (pronounced "see - steep"), Haney directs a project aimed at implementing new models of assessment in schools developed under the under the Co-NECT project of Bolt Beranek and Newman, Inc. Among other topics, he is interested developing innovative ways to use the World Wide Web to make assessment more educationally useful, through methods including the analysis of children's drawings.

Charles W. Fowler

Dr. Charles Fowler, Superintendent of Schools in Hewlett-Woodmere, has nearly 35 years of experience tackling our country's toughest educational problems. In addition to his current post, he has served a total of 27 years as Superintendent of Schools in DeKalb, Illinois, Fairfield, Connecticut and Sarasota County, Florida. In New York State, he has also served as District Superintendent for Nassau County and the Nassau BOCES.

Fowler is the author of more than 50 books, monographs and articles on educational topics such as reform and accountability, published in journals and press, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. He has received many honors from national and international organizations. In 1991, he was named by the Governor of Florida to serve on the Florida Commission on Education Reform and Accountability, which had been charged by the Legislature with restructuring the governance and outcomes of the public schools of Florida. More recently, Fowler received the Deans Award for Service to Education from New York Institute of Technology and was named as the Educator of the Year by the New York Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, and by Phi Delta Kappa. He is currently the President of the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents, a past president of the national Suburban School Superintendents, and past Chairperson of State and National Relations for the American Association of School Administrators.

Jane Hirschmann

Jane Hirschmann, CSW, is the founder and co-chair of the Parents' Coalition to End High Stakes Testing, a New York City-based organization committed to ending the use of high stakes tests. A parent-advocate for over twenty years, Hirschmann has three daughters, all of whom are products of the public school system. She is a psychotherapist and co-director of the National Center for Overcoming Overeating. Hirschmann has also authored three books: Preventing Childhood Eating Problems, Overcoming Overeating: Living Free in a World of Food and When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies: Freeing Yourself from Food and Weight Obsession.

Red Alert!
Let's Opt Out of the April 2014 NYS Tests

Parents can refuse to allow their child to take the State high stakes tests. Hand in this letter to your principal [other formats: .pdf .odt .doc]. En Español: [otros formatos: .pdf .odt .doc] Send your child to school and ask that an alternative activity be planned for him/her during the 6 days of testing.

Information for Parents who want to Opt Out:

Feel free to duplicate these flyers and give them to other parents!

We also have a magazine explaining Common Core, High Stakes Testing, and InBloom to parents. Varios artículos de esta revista fueron traducidos a Español.

Opt Out New York
New material to support the April Boycott.
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