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New York City Continues Modest Climb in High School Graduation Rates

Thursday, December 18, 2014

More students who started high school in the fall of 2010 finished in four years than those the year before, with the city's graduation rate just over 64 percent. 
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NYS Schools Are Barring Immigrant Students

Thursday, October 30, 2014

More than 20 percent of surveyed schools in New York state may have illegally blocked enrollment of immigrant students, according to the New York Civil Liberties Union.
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State Tests Show NYC Made Bigger Gains in Reading than Average

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Year Two of Common Core-aligned state tests in New York did not see a big change in scores from last year. But New York City students saw gains -- see how your school scored. 

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Schools Proceed with Teacher Eval Training Before Final Deal

Thursday, May 30, 2013

By June 1 there will be a new evaluation system for New York CIty teachers and principals. State Education Commissioner John King is stepping in to impose a plan since New York City and its unions failed to negotiate one. But even with no final plan in place, principals have been training for the new evaluation system all spring. Teacher training comes next.

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Shorter State Tests for Youngest Students

Monday, October 15, 2012

Third and fourth graders won't have to sit as long for their state math and reading tests next spring, according to state education officials who also warned of harder tests.

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State Requires New Screening for Struggling Readers

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

A new state screening protocol for elementary schools goes into effect this month. Its stated goals are to catch reading and literacy problems earlier and possibly reduce referrals to special education.

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Online Map Helps Track School Districts' Teacher Evaluation Plans

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office has created an online interactive map to show which school districts have adopted teacher evaluation plans. Districts have until next January to do so or risk losing state aid.

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State Releases its Race to the Top Application

Friday, January 29, 2010

It took a little pressure from Washington, but New York State has finally agreed to publicly release its application for hundreds of millions of dollars in education aid known as Race to the Top.

Forty-one states, plus the District of Columbia, applied for the federal funds this month. New York was one of just four states that refused to post their applications on the Internet. The state had argued that going public would hurt its competitive edge if it's turned down and applies for the second round of grants in April. But U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan didn't buy that excuse and promoted transparency. He even said the feds would post the applications on its own website.

New York's application is now on the state education department's website. It details how the state would meet the Obama administration's goals of turning around low performing schools, making teachers more effective, and tracking student achievement.

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