NYS education officials are blaming a rise in bullying on a rise of standardized tests, reports the New York Post.
“In some of the schools we visited, students who did not know the right answer to a question were called ‘smart’ and ‘silly,'” according to a report by the state’s Office of Inspector General.
“Many kids were told they had to ‘get their heads around’ standardized tests and had to answer them by memorizing answers.”
While some of these children were struggling to learn, they were also failing to meet the standards of the tests, according to the report.
New York is the first state to implement the Common Core State Standards, which require that students learn about math and science and have an average reading score of at least 790.
In addition, students must pass a series of tests to graduate from high school.
This is in addition to a set of standardized assessments called the New Jersey Assessment of Student Readiness, which is administered by the New Brunswick School District, and the National Assessment of Educational Progress, which has a standardized reading score, math score, and writing score.
“There is a real concern with standardized tests in New Jersey,” Commissioner of Education Jennifer Keesmaat told the Post.
“[These tests] are not effective in improving students’ performance on tests.”
While the New Yorkers report focused on bullying, the report also highlighted other problems with standardized testing.
“The New Jersey Education Department, New York Department of Education, and Nassau County School System did not provide a meaningful answer about why these tests have become so pervasive,” the report said.
“It is clear that New York has a high rate of testing, and it is also clear that students in New York have not been prepared to deal with these new challenges.”
New York City’s Department of Children and Families has launched an investigation into the Common Test for All, which was adopted by all New York public schools last year.
The Common Test, a standardized test for reading, math, and science, is now used by the entire state.
The test was developed in the 1990s by the National Center for Teaching and Learning, a nonprofit organization, and has become the standard test used by schools across the country.
The New York State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in a statement that it was “reviewing the reports” released by the Office of the Inspector General and will “respond with appropriate recommendations to ensure our schools meet the needs of our students.”