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a new face
April 11, 2017
For the first time, the state teachers union will be headed by a New York City educator
"We’re going to play a role in pretty much everything."
By the numbers
March 29, 2017
Early reports indicate New York opt-out rates are decreasing statewide, a possible sign of eased tension
The number of families refusing to take the controversial tests seems to have decreased slightly in Rochester, the Hudson Valley, Buffalo and Albany.
on the record
March 28, 2017
‘We need an opposite narrative’: Chancellor Betty Rosa on her year of trying to reshape New York’s education debate
What does Chancellor Betty Rosa think about her first year on the job? We sat down with her to find out.
March 27, 2017
To test or not to test? That’s the question families face as students head into state exams this week
Here’s what you need to know as students start taking English exams on Tuesday.
take it back
November 16, 2016
One day after sweeping testing announcement, New York state walks it back
Instead of keeping tests constant for three years, as the state had announced, that testing changes are now up for discussion.
November 14, 2016
New York state officials announce there will be no changes to state exams until 2019
State officials announced they will not make major changes to state assessments for two years, a decision that may not be popular with parents who boycotted the tests.
crime and punishment
September 16, 2016
How Colorado will punish school districts that break opt-out laws
The board gave its unanimous approval to new rules that require districts to neither “impose negative consequences” on students who opt out nor encourage them to do so.
July 29, 2016
Educators and advocates weigh in on New York State test scores
The New York State Education Department's release of grades 3-8 test scores brought a flurry of responses from across the political spectrum.
Qs and As
June 1, 2016
Most of the questions from New York’s 2016 state tests are now public
Teachers and parents looking to understand, or critique, New York’s state tests have more to work with than ever.
April 12, 2016
Parents to Tennessee’s governor: Stop Part II of TNReady testing
Nearly 2,000 parents sign a petition asking Gov. Bill Haslam and other state leaders to nix the entire second part of the state's new standardized assessment.
April 5, 2016
How New York City principals are thinking about the opt-out movement
For principals like Stacy Goldstein, who runs the School of the Future in Manhattan, the prospect of a big jump in opt-outs creates new logistical hurdles.
April 4, 2016
It’s testing time for New York students. Here’s what you need to know.
As students gear up for tests, here's a guide to the changes, debates and controversy surrounding the New York state assessments.
April 4, 2016
Tennessee to shorten TNReady amid widespread complaints about overtesting
Following concerns about overtesting and a botched rollout, Tennessee plans to reduce the number of hours that students spend taking TNReady in its second year.
April 4, 2016
State seeks to limit opt-out options as TNReady Part II approaches
The Tennessee Department of Education directs superintendents not to make it easier for students to refuse to take the state’s new standardized test.
March 16, 2016
Fariña talks changes to metal detector policy, defends classroom breakfast
"You want make sure that when you remove something [like metal detectors] that the school stays as safe," Chancellor Carmen Fariña said.
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