Fred Smith, wrote this poem about two dueling sleighs: he is a testing expert who used to work for the NYC Board of Ed and now works with the anti-testing group Change the Stakes. it begins:
‘Twas the night before Christmas of 2015.
My poor head was spinning from all I had just seen.
ESEA revisions were clouding my brain
And Cuomo’s Task Force sugar plums causing me pain.
In the City the Chancellor held town halls in schools,
“Engaging” parents to tell them testing still rules.
A district supt. warned teachers of testing taboos
And not aiding parents who might want to refuse.