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Nation's Report Card on High School Students Shows Flat Performance

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Education leaders used the stagnating scores to sound an alarm for improving academics and closing the achievement gap. 

 

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Schoolbook

Teachers of New Immigrants Refuse to Give Students an English Test

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Teachers at a school for newly arrived immigrants said they won't administer an assessment because they think it is harmful to their students. City officials disagree.

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Schoolbook

Fewer NYC Students Make the Grade for Gifted Programs

Friday, April 04, 2014

One thing has not changed: many more children were eligible to be in a gifted and talented program than there are spaces.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Opt Out? Opt In?

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Reportedly, more parents chose to have their children sit out the state ELA exams this week than did last year.  If your kids took the exam, did you consciously "opt in"?  If you opted out, how would you like to see schools held to account for preparing their students to do college level work after graduation? 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Don't Freak Out, Parents of Test-Takers

Monday, March 31, 2014

Yes, statewide testing for grades 3-8 starts tomorrow. But no, it's not the end of the world. Here's some good news about the future of mind-numbing test prep and the state of the opt-out movement.

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Schoolbook

Low Test Scores May Be Harder to Raise Than City Hopes

Friday, January 24, 2014

An analysis of state test scores for 3-8 graders shows that a large group of students - about 30 percent of them - face a steep climb this year to reach the brass ring category of 'proficient' or, in edu-speak, being on track for college and career.

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Transportation Nation

VIDEO: D.C.'s First Streetcar Test Goes Well -- If Slowly

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

WAMU

The District’s first streetcar in a half-century was towed down its tracks on H Street NE at four miles per hour Monday, the first in what will be months of safety tests before passengers can finally hop aboard next year.

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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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Judge Stalls Efforts to Identify Person Behind Leaked School Assessments

Thursday, December 05, 2013

WNYC

An Essex County Superior Court Judge in New Jersey has temporarily stalled efforts by the Montclair Board of Education to identify the person who leaked more than a dozen school tests days before students were scheduled to take them.

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Schoolbook

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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Schoolbook

Friendly Jousting Over Bloomberg's Legacy on Testing

Monday, November 25, 2013

City Council members and the schools chancellor put down their swords during their final encounter Monday, amicably agreeing to disagree on the role of testing in the city schools. 

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Schoolbook

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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Schoolbook

Senators Hear Complaints About Common Core

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

At a Senate hearing on the state’s new Common Core educational standards, teachers, principals and Senators themselves complained that the implementation has been dysfunctional.

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Schoolbook

A Teacher’s View: We Need the Reforms

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A teacher who supports recent reforms in the schools speaks out, and takes on the claims of the opposition. "It turns out that much of the rhetoric against the Common Core standards is just that: rhetoric," he says. "Their claims have been repeatedly debunked, but they continue to crop up, reminding us that, to paraphrase Mark Twain, a lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting its shoes on."

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Schoolbook

Officials Insist New Teacher Rating System Does Not Mean More Testing

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Two top state education officials talk to SchoolBook about the misunderstandings around testing and whether the new teacher evaluation system will add to what already feels like a testing overload to many educators. Listen to the Q&A for some clarity.

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Schoolbook

At Hearing, Regents Chancellor Defends Pace of Ed Reforms

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch defended the state's commitment to raising standards, despite what she called "a lot of upheaval" as parents and teachers get used to tougher exams and a new curriculum. But in a rare show of unity, the city's Chief Academic Officer and the president of the teachers union took issue with giving "bubble tests" to children as young as kindergarten in order to evaluate teachers.

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Schoolbook

State Looking to Reduce Number of Tests

Friday, October 25, 2013

Under pressure to relieve schools of testing overload, New York's top education official said he would eliminate one test for some 8th graders and look to cut more so that teachers can focus on teaching, not test prep.

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Schoolbook

Common Core Standards Shake Up Publishing Biz

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Small start-ups and non-profits have elbowed their way into creating curricula and materials for New York City schools, dramatically changing the business of education, a field long dominated by a few publishing giants.

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Testing Debate Takes Stage at Education Summit

Monday, October 07, 2013

Standardized tests and the rollout of the Common Core learning standards got a moment -- well, a brief 40 minutes -- in the spotlight Monday morning, when Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, staked out positions in this ongoing national debate.

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Schoolbook

City to Cancel CTB/McGraw Hill's Contract Over Regents Problems

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Department of Education announced Friday that it will discontinue its contract with CTB/McGraw-Hill for electronic scanning and scoring of Regents exams. The new system was tried out last June and came under fire after lengthy delays and other problems at the scoring centers.

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