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Schoolbook

Why My Family is Boycotting the Tests

Monday, June 03, 2013

WNYC

"I heard warnings about fourth grade, how critical the test was for school report cards, teacher evaluation, and middle school admissions. Still, nothing prepared me for the onslaught of test preparation, test talk, practice tests, test prep homework, and threats about the negative consequences of the tests. It literally permeated all of fourth grade, from November to April."

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Schoolbook

Anti-Testing Supporters Sense Momentum

Monday, June 03, 2013

WNYC

There is still one round of state exams for elementary and middle school students left in the school year. The 40-minute field tests starting this week may not count but they are infuriating a group of families who have inspired at least one school to decline administering the tests.

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Schoolbook

Candidates Answer to Cobble Hill Parents

Friday, May 03, 2013

WNYC

Four democratic candidates for mayor, all with overlapping views on the New York City school system, took questions from parents at P.S. 29 Thursday night. The forum, moderated by Diane Ravitch, was a chance for candidates and parents alike to voice their frustration toward the current administration's policies.

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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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