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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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Chief Academic Officer Says Tests Don't Always Count Most

Monday, July 22, 2013

Read and listen to Beth Fertig's interview with a top New York City education official who defends the use of test scores while arguing that the city successfully has expanded efforts to use more qualitative data when it makes big decisions about the city schools.

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Top 12 Testing Snafus

Monday, June 24, 2013

The testing industry has swelled since the No Child Left Behind Act required all states to measure performance with standardized exams. With the rapid growth have come errors, large and small, including last week's scanning issues that delayed the scoring of the June Regents exams. WNYC, with the help of the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, compiled a list of the top 12 testing company errors since 1999. If you know of any others worth mentioning, let us know!

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Regents Scores Delayed by Computer Glitch

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

"I'm there. I'm ready to work and nothing is coming through," said Sean McManamon, one of the teachers encountering delays in the city's new electronic scoring system. With teachers working overtime this weekend, education officials predict all the Regents exams will be scored by Monday.

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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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TC Students Signal Discontent in Peaceful Protest at Graduation

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

At the graduation ceremony for Teachers College, a group of students and faculty protested the awarding of an honor to Merryl Tisch, chancellor of New York State Board of Regents, because of her support for standardized testing. TC granted the honor to Tisch for her years of service advocating for the state's public school systems.

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Bill Gates Should Not Micro-Manage Our Schools

Friday, May 17, 2013

"In regards to education policy, Bill Gates ought to have a loud voice in his school district, but a quieter one in mine." So says a father and Fordham professor who argues the Common Core learning standards, while positive, should not be imposed uniformly upon all schools and teachers.

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Teachers: What's it Like Scoring the State Tests?

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

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For all the anxiety about testing and test results, the middle step of actually scoring the New York State tests, given to students in April, is getting scant attention. Yet city teachers are spending work hours grading the state tests, with a varying degree of training. One teacher said there's a "very complicated and lengthy rubric we were given to help us score" and another described debates among scorers about how to assess student writing.

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Bronx Principal Describes Bumpy Shift to Common Core

Friday, April 19, 2013

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A middle school principal tells a panel on the new learning standards that in order for Common Core to succeed more money and support is needed, especially for low-income students, English language learners and students with disabilities.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: How did the ELA Common Core Tests Go?

Friday, April 19, 2013

Middle schoolers have just finished three days of English Language Arts testing. Teachers and parents: call in and tell us what your studentand children thought about the new Common Core-aligned exams. How did the experience compare to last year? What did they tell you or what did you see during the test? Beth Fertig, Contributing Editor for Education for WNYC Radio and Schoolbook.org, joins us to take your calls.

            

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The Brian Lehrer Show

ABCs of SAT and ACT

Monday, March 25, 2013

John Katzman, educational entrepreneur and founder of The Princeton Review, answers questions about standardized college admission exams and offers advice on preparing for the tests.  Katzman's new educational tech start-up is Noodle.

Do you have a question about preparing to take the SAT or ACT exams?  Call 212-433-WNYC.

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Raising the Bar on Teachers? I'll Pass.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

"If we have a problem recruiting top college graduates to education, we should fix that problem. Testing doesn't fix anything, and in this case, a teacher bar exam disguises the need to do something more meaningful to attract and retain the best teachers by creating the illusion of action," says an English teacher. What do you think about a bar exam for teachers? Weigh in.

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Change in G&T Sibling Preference Policy Will Divide Families

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Two parents argue against the city's proposal to modify the current preference given to siblings who qualify for the most coveted gifted and talented programs. The proposal will be voted on Thursday by the Panel for Educational Policy.

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Letter to Obama: Fix Race to the Top, Please

Friday, November 16, 2012

An education consultant urges newly re-elected President Obama to overhaul Race to the Top federal guidelines so they emphasize great teaching and individuals over metrics and test scores.

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Back to School Business: What's Delayed, What's Still On

Friday, November 09, 2012

Despite the storm's disruption to the school-year calendar, the Department of Education is moving ahead with tests and meetings scheduled this month and next, beginning with the first Parent Academy workshops on Saturday.

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Shorter State Tests for Youngest Students

Monday, October 15, 2012

Third and fourth graders won't have to sit as long for their state math and reading tests next spring, according to state education officials who also warned of harder tests.

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Teachers Tell Parents to See Test Scores as 'Snapshots'

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

After the release of statewide test results, schools are drilling down on their individual performance data. We sought teachers' views on how to put this year's results into context.

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Charter Schools Celebrate Test Score Gains

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

While all New York City students showed improvement on state tests, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on Tuesday set aside special praise for charter schools, which have shown greater improvements in proficiency since 2010. Critics say it is because charters attract higher-performing students, but the chief executive of the New York City Charter School Center said the results are "cause for optimism."

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Weighing In on Stuyvesant Cheating Scandal

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Calls and comments streamed in when WNYC asked about the recent news of cheating at Stuyvesant High School. Several former Stuyvesant students said cheating was fairly widespread and others complained the emphasis on tests pushed kids to employ dubious tactics to get the best score possible.

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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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