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Opinion: Chancellor Should Take a Stand on Field Testing

Friday, June 06, 2014

An opponent to high-stakes testing challenges NYC leaders to oppose the use of students' classroom time to field test questions for future exams. 

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Top 12 Testing Snafus

Monday, June 24, 2013

The testing industry has swelled since the No Child Left Behind Act required all states to measure performance with standardized exams. With the rapid growth have come errors, large and small, including last week's scanning issues that delayed the scoring of the June Regents exams. WNYC, with the help of the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, compiled a list of the top 12 testing company errors since 1999. If you know of any others worth mentioning, let us know!

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Judge Allows G&T Testing Suit to Proceed

Saturday, May 18, 2013

A lawsuit brought by four families argues that the city's methodology is flawed when it comes to determining which children are eligible for gifted and talented programs.

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DOE Weighs Ending Pearson Contract After Another Scoring Error

Friday, May 10, 2013

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For the second time in three weeks, Pearson apologized for errors made when scoring the test for admission to the city's gifted and talented programs. The latest round of errors affects the eligibility of 146 test takers and changes the scores - but not the status - of 159 others. The deadline to apply to G&T; programs has been extended, again.

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Revised Results Show Rise in 'Gifted' Students

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

The percentage of students who qualified for the city's gifted and talented programs increased this year, as did the number of students who scored in the 99th percentile. The Department of Education released new numbers following a scoring error by Pearson last month.

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Teacher Scoring of English Exams Underway

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The scoring of the state tests began this week and continues next week, with a pause for the math tests Wednesday through Friday. The Department of Education said about 2,600 teachers will each score the English and math tests during the school day, with more teachers hired to score the exams after school and on weekends.

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Parents Angered by G&T Scoring Errors

Monday, April 22, 2013

News that even more children are eligible for gifted and talented seats was a relief to some parents, but many were angry at the testing company Pearson. And they worried that they're still won't be enough seats to meet the demand. join the conversation.

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Pearson Admits to G&T Scoring Gaffe; Deadline Pushed to May 10

Friday, April 19, 2013

Thanks to two parents who spotted problems with the gifted and talented scores, Pearson admitted it made major mistakes denying some students eligibility to the coveted programs. Education officials say they'll contact all affected families in the next 24 hours, and the deadline for applications has been pushed back to May 10.

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New Standards Raise Testing Stakes

Monday, April 15, 2013

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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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Test Expert: State Exam Problem Is Worse than Reported

Monday, June 25, 2012

A retired senior analyst in city government who is a testing expert has questions for the state and Pearson about this spring's tests — and preparedness for next year's. Among the questions: How many operational questions were left on the state English and math exams, upon which important decisions affecting students, teachers and schools will be made? Will there be enough field-tested questions to make next year's testing more reliable? The expert, Fred Smith, explains why he sees more trouble ahead.

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Aiming for School Diversity in Williamsburg, With Little Progress

Monday, June 18, 2012

How difficult is it to integrate a city school? Pretty tough, according to the latest article in The New York Times's "A System Divided" series, which has been examining the issue of segregation in the New York City public school system. Also in the news this Monday morning: a principal under fire, sexual misconduct, teacher evaluations and Pearson.

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Parents and Students Say 'Enough' to More Testing

Thursday, June 07, 2012

At a rally that resembled a street carnival, complete with scarecrows and blowing bubbles, students and their parents said they would sit out the field tests being conducted by Pearson, the company that writes the state standardized tests.

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More Parents Are Saying No to Pearson's Field Tests

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

As city students have begun a new round of standardized tests -- this time so-called "field tests," which are experimental tests that the state-contracted test-maker, Pearson, is using to try out questions on city students for future use -- more parents are talking about opting out. And test resistance appears to becoming more widespread, with substantial numbers of parents at several city schools deciding their children would not participate.

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Scoring of State Math and Reading Tests Is Almost Complete

Monday, May 14, 2012

More than 5,000 New York City teachers have been assigned to score the state math and reading exams. The work happens at several sites around the city during the school day, which means students are without their regular classroom teachers for several days at a time.

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A Request to Make the Pearson Tests Public

Friday, May 11, 2012

A parent writes that he believes there is no good educational reason to keep parents and others from seeing the state exams produced for the state by Pearson, and so has filed a request under the state's Freedom of Information Law for the release of copies of the exam and the answer sheets.

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Pearson Tells State: We'll Do Better

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Once again the state math and English tests created by Pearson are in the news, with a report that the educational company is feeling the pressure stemming from test errors that have caused 29 questions to be struck from the exams so far. Meanwhile, state Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch on Wednesday said Pearson's mistakes were "really disturbing."

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Foreign Language Math Tests Had Problems, Too

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

The discredited questions just keep mounting: The Daily News reports on Wednesday that foreign language versions of the state math exams that were administered at the end of April had translation errors, and the state has said they will not grade 20 questions.

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Elizabeth Phillips: Teachers Need to Be Supported

Monday, May 07, 2012

Elizabeth Phillips, the principal of Public School 321 in Brooklyn, has been an outspoken critic of the state exams for elementary school children and the teacher data reports. Ms. Phillips, who leads a high-performing school of 1,407 children, said good teachers were the essence of good schools. "I feel like almost everything I do has to be geared to how I am supporting the teachers," she says.

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Appreciating, and Assessing, Teachers

Monday, May 07, 2012

Charles M. Blow focused his Op-Ed column on a teacher near and dear to his heart: his mother, a teacher of 34 years who then volunteered in a school after she retired, then won a seat on the school board -- proof, he writes, that "teaching is one of those jobs you do with the whole of you." And Michael Winerip devotes his On Education column to teaching students who are resisting participation in a new Stanford University and Pearson Education study to develop a system to weed out unfit teachers.

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Pearson Says Its Tests Are 'Valid and Reliable'

Friday, May 04, 2012

Pearson, which has a $32 million contract to develop tests for New York State, defended the quality of its work. In a letter to the State Education Department, it said the answers to a controversial question involving a pineapple and a hare on the eighth-grade English language arts exam could be derived through “evidence” from the text.

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