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Educators Go Silent on State Tests, More Than Last Year

Friday, April 17, 2015

Concerns about the state tests may be legion, or they may comprise a small fraction of public opinion. We don't know because most educators are too nervous to talk about them.
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The Takeaway

Pushing Back Against Common Core

Monday, March 16, 2015

Students, parents and teachers are anxious as schools around the country embark on a new set of standardized tests as part of the Common Core standards.  

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WNYC News

Hundreds of Teachers Rally Against Cuomo's Education Plans

Monday, March 02, 2015

They said the governor is pushing a "test and punish" agenda in public schools.

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Schoolbook

Five Things You Need to Know About NYC Scores on State Tests

Friday, August 15, 2014

The city showed more gains than other school districts in the state because it started training teachers and principals early on the Common Core standards, plus 4 other takeaways.
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Schoolbook

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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The Takeaway

The Final Push to Graduation

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

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

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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

Test Prep Questions Raise Concerns On Eve of Math Tests

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Comedian Louis C.K. vented on Twitter this week about the prep questions his kids had ahead of the state math tests. Other NYC parents said they're also confused by the new Common Core-aligned math tests third through eighth grade students are taking this week.

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Schoolbook

Teachers Sound Off on State English Tests

Monday, April 21, 2014

Some city educators object to the New York's recent English exams for grades 3-8, but that doesn't mean they're opposed to higher standards.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

SAT vs. GPA

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Some critics of the SAT argue that GPA is a better predictor of a student's success in college than a standardized test. After last week's news about changes to the SAT (and as families get their high school acceptance notices this week), Eric Hoover, senior writer for the Chronicle of Higher Education, explains how students from different high schools are evaluated, and how much the SAT really matters anyway.

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Schoolbook

Pressure Mounting to Halt Evaluations Tied to Common Core

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Getting blow-back from their constituents and teachers unions, state lawmakers are calling for a moratorium on any high-stakes decisions based on the new Common Core learning standards.

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Schoolbook

Parents Press for Bigger Voice in School Decisions

Monday, December 16, 2013

As the new mayor prepares to take office, parent leaders from across the city signed a letter that outlined a wish list of changes, including a bigger role for parents in many school decisions.

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Union Calls on Next Mayor to Put Less Emphasis on Test Scores

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Critics of Mayor Bloomberg's education policies are calling on the next mayor to put less reliance on standardized test scores. Five Democratic candidates have expressed support for the plan, which comes out less than a week ahead of when the teachers' union plans to endorse a candidate.

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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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The Brian Lehrer Show

ABCs of SAT and ACT

Monday, March 25, 2013

John Katzman, educational entrepreneur and founder of The Princeton Review, answers questions about standardized college admission exams and offers advice on preparing for the tests.  Katzman's new educational tech start-up is Noodle.

Do you have a question about preparing to take the SAT or ACT exams?  Call 212-433-WNYC.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

SCOTUS Cases; State of Cancer Treatment; SAT Prep; Frugal Flying

Monday, March 25, 2013

This week the Supreme Court docket includes challenges to the same-sex marriage cases of DOMA and Proposition 8. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman explains what the outcomes might mean for New Yorkers. Plus: John Katzman of the Princeton Review on acing the ACT and SAT; an update on the state of cancer treatment; and what data tells us about how to travel on the cheap.

Schoolbook

DOE Presses Ahead With School Openings

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said the Department of Education will be working all weekend to repair school buildings and communicate with school staff at those schools too damaged to re-open on Monday. He also said the specialized high school and SAT tests scheduled for this weekend have been postponed for two weeks.

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Schoolbook

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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Schoolbook

City Schools Bracing for Big Reforms

Friday, August 31, 2012

On WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show, reporters Beth Fertig and Yasmeen Khan explain the new big initiatives that city parents, teachers and students will encounter this coming school year. The public schools are expanding their use of the Common Core learning standards. At the same time, there's a push to include more students with special needs in mainstream classes at all schools whenever possible.

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Schoolbook

Modest Rise in City Test Scores

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

UPDATED | The scores posted by about 440,000 students in third through eighth grade in New York City, who took state proficiency tests in April, showed that 60 percent passed the statewide math tests, compared with 57 percent last year. But fewer city students showed proficiency on the English exams, though the results improved from last year: 47 percent of students achieved proficiency compared with 44 percent in 2011, according to the state Education Department.

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