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Guide to DOE's Empowerment Schools
As part of the DOE's comprehensive accountability initiative, all New York City schools will receive a graded Progress Report and a Quality Score. This continuation of the Children First school reforms will help educators harness information to drive high-quality teaching and learning and give parents the information they need to evaluate schools and assess their children's progress. Empowerment Schools will be at the forefront of the accountability initiative.

TimeOutFromTesting Critiques DOE Plan
New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and Chief Accountability Officer James Liebman repeatedly cite a recent study of Arizona schools, Why Some Schools with Latino Children Beat the Odds... and Others Don't (Waits, Campbell, Gau, Jacobs, Rex, & Hess, 2006), as supporting evidence of their new policy of periodic assessments. Here is an analysis of this study.

TimeOutFromTesting Responds to Liebman's Questions
NYCDOE Chief Accountability Officer James Liebman recently responded in writing to several questions from CPAC (Chancellorís Parent Advisory Council). Disappointingly, his answers were often vague and incomplete.

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 art√≠culos de esta revista fueron traducidos a Español.

Opt Out New York
New material to support the April Boycott.
Please share this Powerpoint!
Developed by a Long Island parent.

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Did You Know?
Did you know that charter schools in New York City enroll fewer students who qualify for free lunch and fewer homeless students?

Music Video: "Not on the Test"
Produced by: Public School Test Records and Grammy Award-winner Tom Chapin

produced by Naava Katz Design