Letter: School reforms by corporations

A student takes a sample SAT test during

A student takes a sample SAT test during prep class in Newton, Mass. (March 3, 2005) (Credit: Getty Images)

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Your article "LI critics on computer-based testing: Back off" [News, April 21] cites many educators and their reasons for rejecting the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers testing program.

The article neglected to report the significant connection between large private corporations and the Partnership initiative. The Partnership development has been financially supported by the Gates Foundation, with its clear connections to the Microsoft Corp. Additionally, the leading architect of the Common Core and its assessment movement, David Coleman, is now the president of the College Board, a leading company in the development of standardized educational tests in partnership with the Pearson Educational Measurement Corp.

Newsday must research and report the persistent redirection of public education funds, including a $186-million grant through the U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top program, the New York State Education Department's funding for assessment, and the state's testing mandates requiring school districts to budget for the purchase of hardware and software to administer the newly developed Partnership tests.

In the not-so-distant past, education in New York State was overseen by highly trained and experienced educational professionals, and our Regents-directed programs resulted in one of the highest rates of student success in the nation. Now politicians and the corporate world are calling the shots.

Marc E. Greene, Baldwin

Editor's note: The writer is a teacher in the Baldwin school district.

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