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Chancellor Fields Questions from Teachers on New Evaluations

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Schools Chancellor stopped by the WNYC studios to talk about the double whammy educators are facing this year, with a new teacher evaluation system and brand new curricula tied to the Common Core standards. Teachers had lots of questions for him. Take a listen.

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Education Commissioner Opts for Private Meetings After Heckling

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

New York's top education official has taken his road show promoting new Common Core learning standards private. After facing tough crowds and getting heckled last week, King has met with educators behind closed doors.

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City Refutes Union's Charge that Teaching Materials are MIA

Monday, September 09, 2013

Despite concerns from the teachers union about late materials, education officials insisted Monday that the books teachers need to teach the new Common Core standards are either delivered or a day away. 

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State Measures Positive Growth for Teachers, Even With New Tests

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that the city released the growth scores after getting them from the state.

Even though fewer than 30 percent of the city's elementary and middle school students were proficient on their state math and reading tests, state data indicate that 89 percent of city teachers would have received good ratings if student growth alone was a factor in their evaluations.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Chancellor Walcott on New Test Scores, Small Schools Study

Monday, August 26, 2013

This week, parents will get the results of their child's new common core standardized tests this week. NYC schools chancellor Dennis Walcott and chief academic officer Shael Polakow-Suransky talk about how to interpret the (probably lower) scores. Plus, a new study from MRDC found gains in graduation rates from the "small schools" strategy favored by Mayor Bloomberg.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Teaching to the Test

Friday, August 16, 2013

On yesterday's show, NYS Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch said that "for a decade testing has driven instruction" but that the new Common Core standards will help shift the paradigm and "instruction and curriculum...will drive the test." She also said that teacher training for the Common Core has been "uneven" throughout the state, but that funds are being spent to bring teachers up to speed. Teachers: Do you think that Common Core will change the "teaching to the test" paradigm? And how have you been trained to prepare your students for the Common Core? Call 212-433-9692 or post your comment here.

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About Those New State Exams: Questions for a Testing Expert

Friday, August 16, 2013

Daniel Koretz teaches educational measurement at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education which means he knows a thing or two about standardized tests. He was also a member of a technical committee that led New York State to decide its old exams were too easy, and that the state needed to raise its standards. In an interview, excerpted here, he offered suggestions for how to interpret the results.

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Chancellor Tisch Defends Tests

Thursday, August 15, 2013

On Thursday's The Brian Lehrer Show, New York Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch acknowledged this is a "very stressful time" for schools because of the shift to higher learning standards known as the Common Core, and the tests that come with them. She cautioned New Yorkers not to be discouraged by this year's low test scores because the state is "in a moment of transition."

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Common Core and Test Scores

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Merryl Tisch, chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, talks about the shockingly low standardized test scores for the new Common Core focus and how those scores should be interpreted.

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Facing Lower Test Scores Bloomberg Administration Takes Long View

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

New York is now the second state in the country to see its math and reading scores tumble following the adoption of more difficult tests for grades three through eight. The percentage of New York students considered proficient in math and reading was cut almost in half.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his education officials appealed for calm as they called the scores a new "baseline" from which the city can evaluate student performance going forward.

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Obama Official Gives Cover to New York Ahead of Test Score Release

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

With anxiety mounting before the release on Wednesday of results of New York's tougher new math and reading tests, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan urged parents and educators to put the scores into context by seeing them as a new "baseline" from which to build.

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City Teachers, Principals Brace for Low Test Scores

Monday, August 05, 2013

Principals started getting test scores for their schools Monday, but they are not allowed to discuss the results before the state and city release them publicly on Wednesday. Nonetheless, word is spreading among anxious teachers and principals that the scores really did go down. One person close to the school system called it a "bloodbath."

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Union, Chancellor Square Off on Eve of Test Score Results

Sunday, August 04, 2013

With New York State poised to publicly release the results of this year's tough new math and English exams on Wednesday, the teachers union and the Bloomberg administration are each laying the groundwork for how to explain what's widely expected to be a huge drop in scores and the fingerpointing has already started.

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Teachers: What's it Like Scoring the State Tests?

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

WNYC

For all the anxiety about testing and test results, the middle step of actually scoring the New York State tests, given to students in April, is getting scant attention. Yet city teachers are spending work hours grading the state tests, with a varying degree of training. One teacher said there's a "very complicated and lengthy rubric we were given to help us score" and another described debates among scorers about how to assess student writing.

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Bronx Principal Describes Bumpy Shift to Common Core

Friday, April 19, 2013

WNYC

A middle school principal tells a panel on the new learning standards that in order for Common Core to succeed more money and support is needed, especially for low-income students, English language learners and students with disabilities.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: How did the ELA Common Core Tests Go?

Friday, April 19, 2013

Middle schoolers have just finished three days of English Language Arts testing. Teachers and parents: call in and tell us what your studentand children thought about the new Common Core-aligned exams. How did the experience compare to last year? What did they tell you or what did you see during the test? Beth Fertig, Contributing Editor for Education for WNYC Radio and Schoolbook.org, joins us to take your calls.

            

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Boston Latest; New State Exams; John Liu; Immigration Reform

Friday, April 19, 2013

One suspect has been killed and another (as of 9am) is on the loose in the Boston marathon bombings. We bring you the latest in rolling coverage. Plus: WNYC's Beth Fertig takes calls from parents on what they're hearing from their children; NYC Comptroller John Liu; and more.

Schoolbook

New Standards Raise Testing Stakes

Monday, April 15, 2013

WNYC

New York elementary and middle school students open their test booklets tomorrow for the debut of new, and harder, state tests. While some parents are boycotting them, the vast majority of students will sweat through the exams. We offer answers to some frequently asked questions and include sample questions here.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

City on Common Core Testing

Friday, April 12, 2013

This year's state tests for grades 3-8 will reflect new Common Core standards. Shael Polakow-Suransky, New York City's Chief Academic Officer, discusses next week's testing and the concern about the change.

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Officials Advise Lowered Expectations on State Tests

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

WNYC

Ahead of next week's state tests, education officials are warning that scores likely will drop. That's because the tests are aligned to more difficult learning standards and there's been limited time to prepare for them.

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