Fred Smith

Fred Smith, a testing specialist and consultant, was an administrative analyst for the New York City public schools. He's a member of Change the Stakes, a parent advocacy group.

Fred Smith appears in the following:

Opinion: Chancellor Should Take a Stand on Field Testing

Friday, June 06, 2014

An opponent to high-stakes testing challenges NYC leaders to oppose the use of students' classroom time to field test questions for future exams. 

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Controversy Brews at Teachers College

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Some graduate students at Teachers College are offended by the decision to honor Chancellor Merryl Tisch at the school's graduation ceremony next week. To many of them, Tisch has supported policies antithetical to the Teachers College philosophy and they're considering ways to make their displeasure known.

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Field Tests: Unfair Burden on Students

Thursday, April 18, 2013


On Tuesday’s third-grade English test there were 30 questions that children had 70 minutes to answer. They didn’t know which items counted and which did not. This writer believes field testing raises ethical questions. It's a practice, he says, that benefits the commercial interests of the publisher, and makes children the unwitting subjects of research.

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Test Expert: State Exam Problem Is Worse than Reported

Monday, June 25, 2012

A retired senior analyst in city government who is a testing expert has questions for the state and Pearson about this spring's tests — and preparedness for next year's. Among the questions: How many operational questions were left on the state English and math exams, upon which important decisions affecting students, teachers and schools will be made? Will there be enough field-tested questions to make next year's testing more reliable? The expert, Fred Smith, explains why he sees more trouble ahead.

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