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Schoolbook

#ThisIsNotATest. But It is An Assignment.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Pencils down. The state tests are over. Now we want to hear some of the other skills and achievements that should get some recognition.
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Schoolbook

Some NYC Parents Question State Testing's Motives

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

On the eve of the state math test, some parents of New York City public school students are choosing once again to opt out.
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Schoolbook

Thousands Across New York Opt Out of State Exams

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WNYC
Figures coming in from small school districts and in-field guesstimates suggest opt-out rates for the state's annual tests are on the rise.
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The Brian Lehrer Show

Opting Out of NY State Standardized Tests

Monday, April 13, 2015

Parents discuss why they are opting out of having their kids take the state's annual tests. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Hillary Clinton Announces; Opting Out of State Tests; The Great Migration

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hillary Clinton's presidential plans; the Iran deal in Farsi and English; opting out of standardized tests; Puerto Rico's 1950 rebellion; art and oral history from the Great Migration.

WNYC News

Online Testing Arrives in New Jersey and Parents Are Not Happy

Monday, March 02, 2015

WNYC
A growing number of New Jersey parents are pulling their children out of testing. But federal funding may be on the line if 95% of students don't participate.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Standardized Testing Isn't Right For College Admissions

Friday, January 16, 2015

Our guest says higher education is like a "testocracy" because it relies too much on SATs and other exams. Instead, she argues, institutions should use "democratic merit."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Standardized Testing Strategies (for Parents)

Monday, January 12, 2015

A new book details the politics and history of standardized testing and offers advice for parents. 

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Schoolbook

Mayor De Blasio Weighs Admissions Changes for Top High Schools

Friday, October 17, 2014

The debate over admissions policies at New York City's most elite high schools has flared up again, as current eighth graders consider their options.
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Radio Rookies

Radio Rookies Surprises Danielle With A Graduation Ceremony at WNYC

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

WNYC

Radio Rookies hosted a surprise "graduation" ceremony for 2014 high school graduate Danielle Motindabeka at WNYC. Current and past Radio Rookies from as far back as 2004 came to celebrate along with New York Public Radio staff. 

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Radio Rookies

Radio Rookie Danielle Finds Out Her Regents Exam Results

Thursday, June 26, 2014

WNYC

Radio Rookie Danielle Motindabeka reported this week that she was taking the US History Regents exam for the fourth and final time. It's the one thing standing in the way of her getting her high school diploma. Danielle went to find out her results.

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Radio Rookies

NYC Student Tackles the Last Test Standing Between Her and a High School Diploma

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

WNYC

Danielle Motindabeka has overcome incredible odds to succeed in the United States - she has learned English, made a home here and is trying very hard to graduate high school. And the last test she needs is one she's failed three times already.

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Schoolbook

Fariña to Review Use of Field Tests

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

As field tests wrap up in many elementary and middle schools this month, critics are once again questioning whether this annual rite of spring is worth the time and energy. The tests are given by the state to try out questions which may be used ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why the SAT Won't Penalize You For Wrong Answers

Thursday, March 06, 2014

The College Board has announced some major changes to the structure, scoring, and content of the SAT. Cyndie Schmeiser, Chief of Assessments for the College Board, explains the new changes, and what prompted them.

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Schoolbook

Top Five Education Issues Facing Mayor de Blasio

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio campaigned on a promise of providing universal pre-kindergarten but the challenges facing the New York City schools extend well beyond just that.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why the Test Scores Tanked

Thursday, August 08, 2013

New York adopted more stringent standardized tests this year and has the big drop in scores to prove it. Beth Fertig, contributing editor for Education, WNYC Radio and Schoolbook.org, looks at the results, why federal education officials are satisfied with them and what they mean for Bloomberg's legacy and for the next mayor.

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Schoolbook

FAQ on Regents Tests

Monday, June 10, 2013

Regents exams get underway on Tuesday. SchoolBook speaks to an expert from Inside Schools who helps us all understand this other class of state tests, and what they are all about.

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Schoolbook

It's All on the Label

Thursday, May 09, 2013

WNYC

Scoring the state tests is underway by teachers across the city. One teacher says she and her peers take the task seriously. Before scoring a test she always does one thing first: she turns over the booklet to read the mailing label.

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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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Schoolbook

Stories from the Front Line of Testing

Thursday, April 18, 2013

WNYC

Ask and ye shall get. In response to Schoolbook's question about the new state tests, parents and teachers shared comments about longer reading passages and kids running out of time to answer questions. Some creative teachers came up with a new song about the exams. And we got a very interesting question.

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