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Inside the Test Prep Industry for NYC Gifted Programs

Monday, June 09, 2014

Families have until June 9 to register for a seat in one of the city's gifted programs. To get this far in the process, many families started at the same place: A test prep center where tutors coax their little students to focus, focus, focus. 

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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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Give Them an Apple, or a Hug: Help Teachers and Students Survive Testing

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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During the two weeks of state tests, the rules of behavior are so strict it can make a classroom feel like it is on lockdown. To combat test stress, one teacher says we all should cheer on the students and teachers with support -- and ice cream.

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Parent Activists Predict Hundreds Will Opt Out of State Tests

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Last year just over one hundred New York City students opted out of taking state tests. Parents behind the effort this year say their ranks are growing as frustration mounts over testing.

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Change in G&T Tests Doesn't Stop Test-Prep

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Department of Education said it changed the way it tests children for gifted and talented programs to make the process more equitable, and harder to prepare for ahead of time. But that hasn't deterred test-prep companies and some parents eager to get their children into the highly competitive programs.

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Walcott Welcomes New School Year

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

School Chancellor Dennis Walcott said Sept. 6 is a day to focus on the anticipation and opportunity implicit in a new school year. Any policy debates or disputes will have to wait until another day.

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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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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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When Test Prep Requires Test Prep

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

When a fourth-grade student came home with test preparation work, the task of finding the answer to an apparently unanswerable question became a family affair, a WNYC reporter writes.

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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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