I'm more than a little angry.
I was forced to administer the Field Test in Integrated Algebra to my kids this week. This is a test that has zero benefits for them. In fact, it has negative benefits as valuable class time has been taken up. In addition to the wasted time, I watched my poor students stress over many problems that were way to difficult. Just as I had them believing they could pass the regents, they were hit with this major roadblock and my little engine that could speech has, for many become a could not. In addition, I had to enforce strict test conditions that were not conducive to education at all. It broke my heart not to be able to answer their questions.
We are a test site because old Principal Suit volunteered us to be one. As a school, we get nothing out of this. Our students suffer because of it. So, I wonder why he would do this? Was he rewarded? Was he promised a big payoff or a new job? (No accusations, just questions.) If every second of education counts, why are we wasting the little time we have left to teach testing questions for a company that makes big bucks preparing them? And, now that he is gone, why are we still doing this?