OPTING OUT: Field Test Program in June


The GW Elementary School was selected to participate in the NYS Field Test program in Math on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11th. GW Elementary School 3rd graders will be given this test that is to be administered over the course of 40 minutes.

A field test is an exam that the company PEARSON and other test developers give to “try out” new questions for future exams.  These guys make a bundle selling their tests back to the State.  What do our children receive in return? Time away from important studies.

“Reputable researchers spell out their aims, invite participation, and pay subjects. This is not the case with test publishers. Children provide free labor for product testing, while their parents and even their schools are kept in the dark.”

READ: Children Should Not Be a Number

Here is draft text to use if you wish to opt out on June 11th. Please get your letter submitted into the main office ASAP:

Dear (Principal)

We are writing to you on behalf of our child xxxx.  We understand that xxx’s grade may be selected to participate in a stand-alone field test on June 11th. Field tests have no educational relevance for our child and lack of participation carries no financial consequences for our school district. Therefore, we are writing to inform you that our child will not participate in the field test this spring. We expect that our child will be provided with alternative activities during the testing period. 

We would like to thank you in advance for your support and continued efforts to meet our child’s educational needs.


(your name)

DWPC (District Wide Parents’ Council) Host Important Political Forum on High Stakes Testing in Kingston on March 16th.

The DWPC (District Wide Parents’ Council) Political Opinion Forum on High-Stakes Testing has been scheduled on Saturday, March 16th at 2:00pm  at Kingston City Hall 420 Broadway in Kingston from 2:00pm – 4:00pm  and speakers have been invited.  Now we need to let the citizens of Ulster County know so they can attend this question and answer forum with their elected representatives.

The group has invited Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson, Senators Cecilia Tkaczyk, Terry Gipson, William J. Larkin Jr., John J. Bonacic, Kathleen A. Marchione and James L. Seward, Kingston Mayor Shane Gallo, Kingston City School District Superintendent Paul Padalino and Kingston School Board of Education President Matthew McCoy to be a part of the forum. Visit the DWPC page on the school district website to post the list of who will be able to attend the event as we receive RSVPs next week.


New Paltz School Board Unanimously Passes Resolution Against High Stakes Testing


Click on link to visit the text provided in this post and “Re-Thinking Testing” in the Mid Hudson Valley.


The New Paltz School Board unanimously passed a resolution against high stakes testing.  The text, posted just today, reads:

FEBRUARY 21, 2013 

What is the DWPC (District Wide Parent Council)?


Have you ever heard of the DWPC (District Wide Parent Council) in Kingston?

Made up of one parent representative from every school in the district, the 13 member council meets on Crown Street each month and is generally attended by members of the Board of Education and often Superintendent Dr. Paul Padalino.  The meetings are open to all and give a unique opportunity for parents, staff, teachers and students to exchange and share ideas and views in a professional and open setting.


  • To provide an opportunity for the parents of the district to share ideas and mutual concerns.
  • To provide ongoing communication among the parents of the Kingston City School District, Central Administration, and the Board of Education, and further, to provide support for parents as effective communicators with clarification of proper channels when needed. Continue reading What is the DWPC (District Wide Parent Council)?