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Rise & Shine: New York City teachers worry about the length of state tests

Good morning! Students across New York City sat for state English tests last week and many of them took longer than expected to finish the assessments. According to teachers who spoke to Chalkbeat and social media reports, some students took as long as three to six hours to complete the test.

Also, Chancellor Carranza finished his tour of schools in each borough with a trip to Queens, where he learned how to tighten the dome on a propeller and attended a chemistry class. Despite the end of his initial tour, Carranza is not finished learning about the school system. He has town halls scheduled with parents and students today at Brooklyn Technical High School.

— Monica

LONG TESTING The second day of English state tests, which are supposed to take about 60 to 90 minutes, took many students three to six hours to finish, according to teachers who spoke to Chalkbeat and social media reports. Chalkbeat

Q&A In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Chancellor Carranza shares a little bit of his personal story, including his favorite teacher and his worst grade. Wall Street Journal

HARLEM VISIT In Harlem on Saturday, Carranza said schools are not meeting the needs of black and Hispanic students. New York Post

QUEENS TRIP Carranza wrapped up his initial tour of schools in each borough with a trip to Queens, where he visited Aviation Career & Technical Education High School and Young Women’s Leadership School. Chalkbeat, NY1

PARENT QUESTIONS Carranza also heard concerns from Staten Island parents during his initial schools tour. WNYC

IN THE CLASSROOM The new chancellor met with students as well during his visit to Staten Island. Staten Island Advance

CALLING THE CHANCELLOR During his busy week, Carranza also answered questions from viewers of Pix11. Pix11

CLASS SIZE A group of activists and parents filed a lawsuit alleging that city officials have ignored a law that requires them to reduce class sizes. New York Daily News

TESTING TESTING The computer glitches that took place across the state while students were taking English tests drew ire from top state education officials, who harnessed their anger at the state’s testing vendor Quester Assessment. Associated Press

BENCHMARK BATTLE Editorial: The state teachers union’s effort to change testing benchmarks is wrong. Newsday

SUPER STUDENT As one of the few African-American students at Stuyvesant High School, Venus Nnadi plans to fight for equality. New York Daily News

CHANCELLOR CHAT Editorial: In an interview with Chalkbeat last week where Carranza expressed some critiques of the city’s program to help struggling schools, the chancellor showed himself to have “half a clue.” New York Post

NEW PERSPECTIVE Opinion: A senior about to graduate from Success Academy teaches a skeptic of the charter school network about his experience. New York Daily News

OPEN LETTER Opinion: Carranza should work to stop grade-fixing in city schools. New York Post

LAWSUIT A lawsuit alleges that a student slipped on a cafeteria floor while he was being bullied. Staten Island Advance

WATCH ME NAEP NAEP Editorial: New York’s NAEP scores do not look good for city or state officials. New York Post

RECESS TIME More elementary schools are using Asphalt Green to provide recess for students. Pix11

MIXED MESSAGES Editorial: Dan Loeb, a major New York City charter school backer who posted a racially charged Facebook comment last year, has been a “consistent champion of fairness” as he works to support important causes. New York Post