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#ThisIsNotATest: Your Responses on View

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Students said they would like to be tested on: U.S. presidents, hockey, appreciation, history, jumping rope and social media, among other things.
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#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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Opinion: All of My Special Education Students Are Ready for State Tests

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A teacher at a Success Academy charter school makes the case that her network's approach helps even the most challenged students achieve results.  
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Testing Period Is a Test of Stamina

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sitting for lengthy exams is no small task.
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Long Island School Districts Confront Sharp Uptick in Test Refusals

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The opt out movement is growing statewide, including in New York City. But Long Island school districts are seeing especially large numbers of students sitting out the tests.
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Parents Get An Earful on Opting Out of the State Tests

Monday, April 13, 2015

Some advocate refusing the tests. Others wholeheartedly support them. And then there are parents in the middle, trying to make the next two weeks of state tests not such a big deal.  
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Unhappy with Testing — and Not Just Complaining About It

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Parents and educators unhappy with "test mania" say state tests are taking the joy out of learning. And they're not going to sit back and watch.
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Change in Admissions Rules Muddles NYC Middle School Search

Monday, October 06, 2014

State test scores won't count as much as they used to in middle school admissions. The change means dozens of the city's top middle schools are devising new formulas, and fast.
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Gates Foundation: Wait to Tie Student Performance to High-Stakes Decisions

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the Common Core's most prominent supporters, has called for more time before student test scores are tied to high-stakes decisions for students and teachers.

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City Expands Promotion Criteria Beyond Test Scores

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

New York City's Department of Education is altering the process to promote or hold back students, adding classroom work and grades to the mix so it's not just tied to standardized test scores.

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Five Education Budget Items You May Have Missed But Need to Know

Thursday, April 03, 2014

There are so many new rules and initiatives tucked into the 2014-15 state budget it's easy to miss some. Here are five education issues we're keeping an eye on.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Defending Common Core

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Merryl Tisch, chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, talks about the continued rollout of Common Core standards as she and State Education Commissioner John King hold forums to hear parents' concerns.

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King's Forums Come to NYC

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Starting Tuesday, the New York Education Department will hold a series of community forums around the city on the Common Core learning standards. If previous events in other parts of the state are any indication, the forums will bring out parents and educators angered by the rollout of the standards and state tests.

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Brooklyn Teachers Blast Emphasis on Testing

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Teachers from Brooklyn's District 15 decried linking high-stakes decisions and standardized tests, and called on Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to select a schools chancellor who would reverse the testing trend.

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New York Makes State Tests Shorter

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

After hearing that the state tests for third through eighth graders were too long, officials said they would shorten them. At least a little bit.

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State Test Scores for Students Now Available

Monday, August 26, 2013

Families, the day has come. Nearly three weeks after the state released test scores for school districts across New York, students can now see how they fared on the first-ever tests for third through eighth graders that were aligned to harder learning standards. 

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Chancellor Tisch Defends Tests

Thursday, August 15, 2013

On Thursday's The Brian Lehrer Show, New York Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch acknowledged this is a "very stressful time" for schools because of the shift to higher learning standards known as the Common Core, and the tests that come with them. She cautioned New Yorkers not to be discouraged by this year's low test scores because the state is "in a moment of transition."

 

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Common Core Training Kicks Off for Teachers

Thursday, August 08, 2013

At the same time that city teachers are absorbing the results of state test scores, they are also receiving training on brand new curriculum materials that, some teachers say, would have been quite useful in the classroom prior to the assessments.

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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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Teacher Evaluation Plan Garners Praise

Sunday, June 02, 2013

WNYC

After delays and much drama, New York City officially has a new evaluation system in place for teachers and principals. It replaces a more simplistic system that's been the model since the 1930s, and incorporates the controversial element of student test scores.

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