Concerns about the state tests may be legion, or they may comprise a small fraction of public opinion. We don't know because most educators are too nervous to talk about them.
Sitting for lengthy exams is no small task.
The opt out movement is growing statewide, including in New York City. But Long Island school districts are seeing especially large numbers of students sitting out the tests.
New York's Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch said she didn’t expect so much uproar about testing when she suggested changes to the teacher evaluation system last year.
Figures coming in from small school districts and in-field guesstimates suggest opt-out rates for the state's annual tests are on the rise.
New York's Department of Education has added six low-performing city schools to a watch list for those most in need of dramatic interventions.
This year more families got into their first and second choices for kindergarten in a public school than last year. Ten percent of applicants did not get into any school on their list.
A middle school in Cobble Hill decided to improve its reputation, and its chance of survival, by collaborating with local families who previously shunned it for more prestigious schools.
Some advocate refusing the tests. Others wholeheartedly support them. And then there are parents in the middle, trying to make the next two weeks of state tests not such a big deal.
With the city budget under review, local leaders are calling for more funding to hire school crossing guards and beef up protection at dangerous intersections. .
Education officials on Monday sent out emails and letters to parents telling them whether their child qualified for a gifted and talented class.
Federal law requires that students with disabilities have access to the same material as their non-disabled peers, including state tests. But the end result may not be fair after all.
A boycott of state tests for New York's schoolchildren could have far-reaching consequences, and that worries the head of school board members.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo took a victory lap on Wednesday, claiming the new state budget includes a better teacher evaluation system despite tough opposition from the teachers union.
Under deadline pressure, Democrats in Albany reluctantly agreed to a deal on how teachers are evaluated despite opposition from educators and policy makers across the state.
The future of teacher evaluations, mayoral control of the city schools and the DREAM Act are still uncertain now that they're left out of the state budget.
Student athletes protested at a City Council hearing — they say city funding favors big schools with more white students.
A group of Queens parents contends that the city is bypassing a standard approval process with its plan to site pre-k classes in buildings with existing schools.
In an interview on WNYC's Brian Leher Show, charter school leader and lightning rod Eva Moskowitz defended her schools and her policy of not filling empty seats in upper grades.
A New York City music teacher proposes a better way to evaluate her and other colleagues who are not teaching subjects covered by state tests.