I have been making some phone calls and asking some questions about a bill introduced into the NYS Senate by Senator Farley. It is a relatively simple bill, it would legislate an extension for the RCT option for students graduating through 2016 so that those SPED students who struggle with testing because of a learning difference or reading disability, but have average IQs, would still be able to graduate.
This seems like a decent idea, toss some students a lifeline so that they have a chance at a decent full time job, or college down the road, or good vocational training.
So, what is the problem? A Republican Senator introduced the bill and the Democratic Assembly would rather ruin children’s lives then back the Assembly version sponsored by Assemblyman Jim Tedisco.
In 2014, 5% of students graduated with a local diploma, which means they used an RCT to substitute for at least one Regents exam.
NYSED claims a 3% increase in graduation rates over 4 years. How will they spin the fact that they are instituted policies that will prevent students from graduating?