One of the lessons I picked up during systems thinking work many years ago was the need to thoughtfully identify leverage points. 9 hours in NYS schools currently cast a long shadow over the other 1250. My hope is we can make the non-testing hours as incredible, meaningful, and engaging as possible.
Yet, as long as annual testing is federal law (and until NY shifts to the portfolio model like NH), we’re going to have to figure out a way to deal with those testing hours in grades 3-8. Angela Stockman got me into infographics which lead to a way for me to organize my thinking around learner-centered test prep in NYS. Hoping it helps some find a way through.