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Thousands Across New York Opt Out of State Exams

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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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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Tentative Agreement Reached on Changes to Teacher Evaluation System

Thursday, June 19, 2014

If test scores alone lead to a poor rating, teachers could get a temporary pass. Plus, school overcrowding in New York City gets some help from lawmakers.

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After Last Year's Big Drop in State Testing Scores, Hopeful for Modest Gains

Monday, March 24, 2014

The second year of state tests aligned to the Common Core learning standards begin next week. State education officials emphasize that progress will come slowly.

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Controversy Brews at Teachers College

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Some graduate students at Teachers College are offended by the decision to honor Chancellor Merryl Tisch at the school's graduation ceremony next week. To many of them, Tisch has supported policies antithetical to the Teachers College philosophy and they're considering ways to make their displeasure known.

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Field Tests: Unfair Burden on Students

Thursday, April 18, 2013

WNYC

On Tuesday’s third-grade English test there were 30 questions that children had 70 minutes to answer. They didn’t know which items counted and which did not. This writer believes field testing raises ethical questions. It's a practice, he says, that benefits the commercial interests of the publisher, and makes children the unwitting subjects of research.

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High Stakes Testing Hits Home

Friday, April 12, 2013

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A former teacher says she was caught by surprise when the testing culture she knew well from her years at a New York City high school took center stage at her daughter's elementary school. She didn't think it would happen to her family too.

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More Children Opted Out of State Tests

Friday, July 13, 2012

City officials released figures for the number of children who opted out of state testing: 113 for both the math and English tests. It’s a fraction of the 436,000-plus who took the exams, but three times the number who opted out the previous year, presumably because of a growing number of parents who object to “high-stakes testing.”

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Summer School Begins for Students and Teachers

Monday, July 09, 2012

Summer school started Monday for New York City students needing the extra instruction to advance to the next grade. City officials acknowledge that summer school has a negative connotation, and they are hoping to change aspects of the program starting next summer, officials said.

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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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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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Test Results You Can't Rely On

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Almost everybody who is interested in education can agree that accountability is a good thing. But many people are growing angry that testing used by many school systems is flawed or at best imprecise, a parent writes.

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Doubts About High-Stakes Tests and Their Effect on Teachers

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

At a panel discussion on high-stakes testing Monday night, the chief academic officer of New York City's public schools said that principals were not alone in being concerned about the state's new teacher evaluation system. He also has qualms.

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State Is Investigating Pearson Foundation Trips

Thursday, December 22, 2011

In the news on Thursday, the state attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, is investigating whether the Pearson Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Pearson Education, acted improperly to influence New York State officials to obtain lucrative state contracts when it paid for trips and other perks.

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