New York passed a law to limit test prep, but it won’t make any difference.

Because high-stakes are attached to the tests, who will dare to limit test prep? Teachers and principals will be evaluated and possibly fired based on the scores. Schools may be closed based on the scores. The test prep will go on, as frenzied as ever.

Only the NY legislature would be so naive as to believe that passing a law against too much test prep will negate the high stakes they have attached to it.

Oddly enough, the law exempts charter schools from its limits. They can engage in test prep 100% of the time, and that’s okay.

“This month, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and state legislators passed a law, intended to take effect by the next school year, setting a 2 percent limit on the amount of classroom time that could be spent on test preparation, or about three and a half days in a school year. Charter schools, some of which are known for an almost religious devotion to test preparation, are not obligated to comply, officials said.”

Makes sense, right?