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Farewell to Michael Winerip

Monday, June 11, 2012

In his last On Education column, Michael Winerip of The New York Times writes about a grading snafu in Florida's state standardized tests. Since the early 1990s, he has written about the shifting trends in education. "And through it all, teachers have continued to educate children, and children have continued to learn.''

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Top Education Official Tells New York to Keep Up Reforms

Monday, June 04, 2012

Arne Duncan, the United States secretary of education, urged New York grant makers to support reforms in curriculum, testing and teacher evaluations so that the state -- and the country -- can catch up to the rest of the world.

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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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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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Long Island Principal 'Horrified' by Quality of State Exams

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Sharon Emick Fougner, principal of Elizabeth Mellick Baker Elementary School in Great Neck, Long Island, urged the state education commissioner to conduct a review of the math exams that were given to fourth to eighth graders last month, saying she was "quite honestly horrified by the content, format, language and presentation of this year's exams."

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State Officials Throw Out Another Pearson Test Question

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

State education officials have again tossed out a question on the standardized tests after finding that errors by Pearson, the test-maker, made the problem virtually impossible for students to solve.

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New Diplomas Will Not Lower Standards, Regents Chancellor Says

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Merryl Tisch, chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, made the case on WNYC on Wednesday that a proposed career and technical high school diploma would not be easier to obtain than the current Regents diploma. And, yes, she took questions about the current outcry over faulty state math and English exams. Listen to her interview on "The Brian Lehrer Show."

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Checking In On Standardized Testing

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Merryl Tisch, chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, talks about standardized testing and new efforts to raise high school graduation rates in the state.

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Principals Criticize Increased Costs of Test Scoring

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

City principals say their teachers will have to spend more school days than usual scoring state exams this year because of budget cuts to a pot of money that was used to keep teachers working late to score the exams.

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Susan Barnes: 'Believe You're Worthy'

Monday, April 23, 2012

After earning an A in two progress reports, last year P.S. 112 in the northern section of the Bronx fell to a D, setting off fears among students and parents that the school would be closed. The principal, Susan Barnes, talked about how fragile success can be in certain schools and certain neighborhoods, and how scoring poorly puts a school under a microscope.

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Testing Takes Its Toll on Special Needs Students

Thursday, April 19, 2012

It has been a challenging week for many third- through eighth-grade public school students in New York City, as they have started their days on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with the federally mandated English Language Arts exams. But as Gotham Schools reported on Wednesday, the week has been especially challenging for some students with special needs.

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Gearing Up for Test Day. And Then What?

Monday, April 16, 2012

Laura Klein, a middle-school teacher in the Bronx, writes that test prep is in full swing at her school -- as it must be, given all that rides on the results. But the problem is not in using precious school time to teach to a test. "Our failure is that we struggle to inspire them beyond the test," she writes -- and students have to be reminded why learning must continue in the sunny months of May and June.

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Testing, Tutoring and Worrying Occupy City School Parents

Monday, April 16, 2012

Testing, striving and tutoring are very much in the news on this warm April day, the first back from spring break for public school students and staff. The New York Times has a report about the rise in tutoring for elementary school students, in preparation for the standardized exams, which begin this week. The results of the gifted and talented testing are in. And there is worry about graduation rates now that senior have to pass five Regents exams to earn their diplomas.

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Bravo for Common Core, but What About the Tests?

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Many social studies teachers learning how to put the Common Core curriculum standards into their teaching welcome the chance to help students learn how to think critically and analyze, but they worry how this will affect their ability to prep students for the Regents.

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Commenters in a Silly Tizzy Over Testing Topic Ban

Thursday, March 29, 2012

With all that there is to be outraged about when it comes to public education and the fate of American children, the Internet is having a silly fit about a clause in a request for proposals sent out by the New York City Department of Education, listing 50 topics it wants the companies that make student tests to avoid.

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No Need to Fear the Common Core Standards

Friday, March 23, 2012

One principal worried that implementing the new common core standards would place another burden on students and teachers, who already have to contend with Regents and A.P. exams and other standardized tests. But instead, the principal at Harry S. Truman High School in the Bronx has found that the new standards encourage ''teaching for understanding,'' which helps prepare students for all future learning.

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A Lesson in Teaching to the Test, From E.B. White

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

The authors turn to E.B. White's ''The Trumpet of the Swan'' to write about how children are born curious, and educators have to make sure their zeal to raise scores on standardized tests does not squelch their creative thinking.

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A Last-Minute Deal on Teacher Evaluations

Thursday, February 16, 2012

UPDATED | After an all-night negotiating session in Albany, New York State education officials and the state teachers union reached an agreement on a new teacher evaluation system on Thursday, just hours before a deadline imposed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who had threatened to break the impasse by imposing his own way to judge the quality of a teacher's work.

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Six Hours of State Tests Coming This Spring

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

With increased emphasis on standardized testing a sore point (to put it mildly) for many parents and educators -- and with this year's test results also factoring into teacher evaluations -- the state's decision to extend the length of the math and language arts for elementary and middle school students was, needless to say, met with some scorn.

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More Objections to Move of Policy Panel Meeting

Monday, December 12, 2011

Objections from the public continue over the Education Department's decision to move Wednesday night's Panel for Educational Policy meeting to Queens from Manhattan, with critics saying it is an attempt to stifle criticism of the planned expansion of a charter school network.

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