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#ThisIsNotATest. But It is An Assignment.

Pencils down. The state tests are over. Now we want to hear some of the other skills and achievements that should get some recognition.

Recent Articles

Alternatives to Suspension: Inside a 'Restorative Justice' High School

Chancellor Carmen Fariña is urging schools to try restorative justice practices in order to reduce suspensions. What does that look like?  At one school, it means much more talking.

Addressing Student Behavior with a 'Restorative Justice' Circle

A look inside a high school that has used mediation and other techniques to change the culture of the school community, and sharply bring down suspension rates.

#ThisIsNotATest. But It is An Assignment.

Pencils down. The state tests are over. Now we want to hear some of the other skills and achievements that should get some recognition.

How to Choose the Right College

It's deadline time for students accepted to college for the fall. A high school senior and a college advisor share their views on choosing the right school.

Remembering Radio Rookie Keith Tingman

The radio story Keith Tingman reported when he was just 15 has helped young people with parents in jail. That is part of Keith's legacy, in a life that ended too soon.

New York Grants Extension for Teacher Evaluation Phase-In

The chancellor of the New York Board of Regents steps in and postpones by a year Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to enact new teacher evaluations by this fall. 

Opinion: My Special Ed Students Are Ready for State Tests

A teacher at a Success Academy charter school makes the case that her network's approach helps even the most challenged students achieve results.  

Some NYC Parents Question State Testing's Motives

On the eve of the state math test, some parents of New York City public school students are choosing once again to opt out.

Critic Raises Doubts About City's Pre-K Expansion

A high-profile researcher claims there could be many more families who need full-day pre-k classes than the city thinks, but Mayor de Blasio's administration is confident about its math.

Educators Go Silent on State Tests

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.

Testing Period Is a Test of Stamina

Sitting for lengthy exams is no small task.

Long Island School Districts Confront Sharp Uptick in Test Refusals

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.

Tisch: Battle Over Teacher Evaluations Spurred Opt Out Effort

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.

Thousands Across New York Opt Out of State Exams

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.

Six More NYC Schools Land on State's 'Out of Time' List

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.

Slightly More NYC Families Get Top Kindergarten Choice

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. 

Brooklyn Parents Take Chance on Local Middle School

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.

Parents Get An Earful on Opting Out of the State Tests

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.  

Council Presses for More School Crossing Guards

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. .

NYC Families Get Word of Eligibility for Gifted Classes

Education officials on Monday sent out emails and letters to parents telling them whether their child qualified for a gifted and talented class.