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Shael Polakow Suransky

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Six Things the New Mayor Should Do for NYC's Schools

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Education leaders and funders outlined what they see as the top priorities facing the next mayor and schools chancellor, including literacy help, more support with college planning and using a wider range of performance measures than test scores. 

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City Defends School Measures, With or Without Letter Grades

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

More than 60 percent of the city's public schools received A's or B's on their annual progress reports, the last batch to be released by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. City officials defended the annual data as the incoming mayor said he would scrap at least the letter grade portion of the progress reports. 

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At Hearing, Regents Chancellor Defends Pace of Ed Reforms

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch defended the state's commitment to raising standards, despite what she called "a lot of upheaval" as parents and teachers get used to tougher exams and a new curriculum. But in a rare show of unity, the city's Chief Academic Officer and the president of the teachers union took issue with giving "bubble tests" to children as young as kindergarten in order to evaluate teachers.

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Top Education Official Supports More Teacher Professional Development

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Chief Academic Officer Shael Polakow-Suransky criticized his former boss at the Department of Education, saying former Chancellor Joel Klein and the previous head of the teachers union made a mistake by removing professional development time from the teachers contract.

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Walcott Gives Advice on Reviewing Students' Test Scores

Monday, August 26, 2013

On the same day that parents of New York city public school children can see how their child performed on this year's state math and reading tests, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott gave this bit of advice to WNYC's Brian Lehrer show listeners about comparing this year's scores to last year's: "It's not a fair comparison because these scores represent a new higher, tougher standard.

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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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Principals Expect to Appeal More Regents Scores

Monday, July 29, 2013

New York City principals should get the results from their students’ Regents exams this week, and many are expecting to request a re-scoring because of errors with a new scanning system. 

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