Rise & Shine: Essays, portfolios and projects: What ‘innovative’ assessments could look like in New York

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As New York education officials face pressure to come up with new and better tests, we rounded-up some real world examples of what alternatives to multiple-choice assessments might look like. Plus, a test-prep passage about Robert E. Lee highlights a debate over racial bias in the classroom. And the city council's new education committee chairman shares which issues he'll be watching in the country's largest school system.


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TESTING, TESTING New York state officials recently decided not to pursue a federal waiver to overhaul the math and English tests students take each year. Here are examples of what those “innovative” tests could have looked like. Chalkbeat

RACE IN THE CLASSROOM Amid a wave of attention to racial bias in what and how students are taught, a fifth-grade teacher from Harlem says his students had to read a “very biased” passage about Robert E. Lee on a practice test. Chalkbeat

Protestors stood with a Queens private school student who says administrators won’t let him print his name — Malcolm X — on a school sweatshirt. New York Daily News

OPEN QUESTIONS Mark Treyger, the new chairman of the City Council’s education committee, weighs in on the search for a new chancellor, school segregation and whether the mayor has an overarching vision for the education system. Chalkbeat

MONEY MATTERS Advocates rallied at City Hall to call for funding for after school and summer programs for students. Staten Island Advance

FIGHTING FOR FUNDING Opinion: The governor wants the authority to review school budgets, but he hasn’t done enough to fund education himself, writes Billy Easton, the executive director of the Alliance for Quality Education. New York Daily News

VOICE OF CHANGE New York City students are planning to walk out of class on March 14 as part of a national, student-led protest against lawmakers’ inaction on gun reform. amNewYork

GUN DEBATE After a Brooklyn lawmaker suggested the city should station armed officers outside of every school, his constituents are fighting back. Patch

EXIT INTERVIEW Ahead of her retirement, schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña reflects on being a woman while climbing the career ladder, how to get teachers “invested in their own learning,” and the work that remains to support students in temporary housing. Education Dive

APPLYING TO COLLEGE Students can meet with college representatives and learn about scholarship opportunities at a Staten Island information fair. Staten Island Advance

HELPING OUT A Brooklyn Tech student started a non-profit to provide girls with books about women and STEM. Brooklyn Reporter

SAFETY FIRST Eleven New York City districts are among the safest in the state, according to a ranking that considers student suspensions, arrests and other factors. Patch

TEACHER CHARGED A Harlem high school teacher was charged with having GHB, the liquid narcotic known as the date rape drug, in his apartment. New York Post

COURT SIDE Prosecutors accused a former Harlem charter school teacher and his brother of making “improvised napalm.” New York Post, NY1

SUIT UP A family plans to sue after they say their son was attacked with a hammer outside his Bronx charter school. New York Post

ARMED TEACHERS? In a White House listening session held after 17 people were killed in a Florida high school, President Trump heard from victims of school shootings. He also suggested arming teachers and other school staff. NPR, New York Times, Wall Street Journal

Opinion: A New York City teacher writes about why he wouldn’t want to carry a gun on campus. New York Daily News