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November 11, 2015
State board signs off on Colorado bid for flexibility from federal law
The State Board of Education Wednesday grudgingly voted 5-2 to approve submission of Colorado’s request for flexibility in meeting federal education laws.
Updated September 3, 2015
Cuomo says Common Core ‘must be fixed,’ will begin (another) review process
Cuomo said he will task a team of advisors to make recommendations in time to direct another round of legal changes to state ed policy.
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August 20, 2015
Elia says supporting opt-outs ‘unethical,’ vows to keep pushing feds for waiver
“I think opt-out is something that is not reasonable,” State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said Thursday.
August 11, 2015
Three comparisons to watch in New York state’s 2015 test scores
The state's high opt-out numbers will call city-to-state comparisons into question, but year-to-year comparisons might offer a rare look at progress over time.
June 2, 2015
Incoming commissioner Elia talks evals, promises to listen to opt-out concerns
MaryEllen Elia said Tuesday that she favors giving school districts more time to make changes to their teacher evaluation systems, but skirted questions about other hot-button issues.
April 21, 2015
As opt-out numbers grow, Arne Duncan says feds may have to step in
The education secretary's comments come as an advocacy group in New York reports that more than 184,000 students statewide opted out.
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April 17, 2015
Amid a statewide surge, city’s opt-out movement is small but growing
As students finished state English exams, advocates said more city parents than ever refused to let their kids take the tests at schools with active “opt-out” movements.
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April 7, 2015
As new teacher evaluation system looms, Tisch defends need for state tests
Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch continues to defend the need for state tests as an objective measure in the new teacher evaluation system.
April 1, 2015
As NYSUT endorses testing opt-outs, city union holds back
After the head of the state teachers union urged parents this week to boycott the state tests, some are calling on the UFT to follow suit.
March 18, 2015
Opt-out leader opposes bill that would legitimize parent refusal of state tests
A bill to legitimize opting-out of state exams was given an OK by the Colorado Senate Monday. But a lead organizer behind the movement opposes the bill. Here's why.
March 11, 2015
Legislative panel says Tennessee students must continue taking ACT test
A bill that would allow Tennessee eleventh-graders to forego the ACT exam causes debate and even tears during a House education subcommittee.
March 11, 2015
At widespread anti-Cuomo protests, parents and teachers to join hands
Pushback against Gov. Andrew Cuomo's education agenda sparked plans for rallies across the city.
March 3, 2015
Rise & Shine: State department will examine whether there are too many tests in school
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February 11, 2015
City Council members want city to give parents opt-out info
Two city lawmakers are calling on the city to give parents information about how to opt their children out of state tests.
August 19, 2014
Final 'opt-out' numbers show movement jumped in city
About 4,700 city students did not take this year's English tests and 15,470 students didn't take the math exams, according to an updated tally released by the State Education Department and the city Department of Education. The totals include 1,925 students whose protesting parents opted their children out of taking the tests, a 450 percent increase over last year.
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