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March 12, 2018
New York state education chief on gun violence protests: ‘We ought to be supportive of students’
New York City officials have endorsed the walkout, but Elia, who oversees schools across the entire ideologically diverse state, has walked a finer line.
October 8, 2017
SUNY revises controversial proposal to let some New York charter schools certify their own teachers
Prospective teachers will be required to sit for significantly more hours of instruction before they enter classrooms than in the original proposal.
March 16, 2017
New York education experts call Trump’s proposed budget cuts ‘irresponsible’ and ‘devastating’
President Donald Trump’s budget blueprint, unveiled Thursday, drew instant ire from education experts in New York state.
August 5, 2016
Could scoring changes explain the rise in New York’s English test results? Experts say they’re not convinced
Some are calling into question the raw score it took to pass the year's state exams, but researchers say the changes are likely par for the course.
getting to graduation
June 13, 2016
It’s official: New York is making it easier for students with disabilities to graduate this year
The dramatic move could increase demand for the state’s less-rigorous “local” diploma and reignite a debate about academic requirements for those students.
slow and steady
April 18, 2016
New York will have a new teacher evaluation system in 2019, officials say
The changes to teacher evaluations are set to begin last — a careful sequencing that reflect officials’ desire to avoid moving too quickly.
March 30, 2016
What does the opt-out movement want this year?
As students gear up to take the exams this year, there is a lingering question: What does the opt-out movement want to gain from boycotting tests again?
March 25, 2016
As opt-out debates continue, state’s top education officials work to stay united
One day after the chancellor-elect said she would opt her own child out of state tests, she had a conversation with the education commissioner and outlined their shared views.
February 23, 2016
Opt-out movement unlikely to provoke sanctions from state, this time around
Though a federal mandate requires students to take state tests, the Board of Regents is unlikely to impose sanctions for low participation this year.
eyes on the clock
February 8, 2016
Why New York’s switch to untimed tests might not matter (and why teachers aren’t so sure)
A handful of states have administered untimed tests for over a decade. What can New York learn?
February 5, 2016
As Albany’s power dynamics shift, Elia gets an education in politics
Since her appointment last May, Elia has promised to work closely with the state’s many opposing educational groups, but that is becoming a challenge.
February 1, 2016
Opt-out leaders to New York: Your testing changes don’t appease us
The parents who organized a record-breaking boycott of state tests last year say the commissioner’s latest effort to alter state tests is not nearly enough.
Politics & Policy
January 29, 2016
In a first, New York’s state ed commissioner will attend charter rally
In a first, State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia will attend a rally held by charter-school advocates next week, officials confirmed Friday.
take your time
Updated January 27, 2016
Students will not face time limits on this year’s state tests, Elia says
Students who are "working productively" will be given as much time as they need to complete this year's exams, State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said Wednesday.
January 5, 2016
Why does everything we do right for students with disabilities disappear on testing day?
Two special education teachers explain why the state must continue lobbying to change how state tests work for students with disabilities.
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