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Lost in Translation
April 22, 2015
After glitch, Russian-language math test includes some questions in Korean
About 200 students may have to retake the mandated state math test, which was administered Wednesday.
August 14, 2014
Poverty and performance are tied, officials note, but outliers abound
Towards the end of today’s conference call with reporters focusing on state test scores, State Education Commissioner John King highlighted a pair of graphs that…
August 14, 2014
From 2014: City scores on state tests jump slightly as schools adjust to Common Core
One year after scores plummeted following the state’s adoption of Common Core-aligned tests, city students outpaced the rest of New York in both math and English.
August 11, 2014
Weingarten pushes state to release more test questions
The state released half of the questions from the 2014 state exams last week, but some people want more—including Randi Weingarten, president of the American…
April 11, 2014
Anti-exam rallies fill the sidewalks outside dozens of schools
Students, parents, and educators rallied Friday outside nearly 40 schools in Manhattan, and a couple in Brooklyn and Queens, to protest the quality of this year's state English exams.
April 3, 2014
Teachers review English exams in online forum, and it's not pretty
Teachers took to an online forum to say the state English exams were too long, too difficult, and a poor reflection of the critical work called for by the Common Core standards.
Super Smart Strategies
April 1, 2014
With state exams underway, schools turn from test prep to test pep
From classroom yoga to multi-school rallies, educators have found creative ways to balance this year’s test prep with test pep.
August 5, 2013
Before lower test scores arrive, a fight over how to interpret them
Union and city officials are sparring in advance of tough test score news that arrives at a pivotal moment for Mayor Bloomberg's education legacy. Scores due out on Wednesday reflect students' performance on the first tests tied to the new Common Core standards, which aim to get students solving complex problems and thinking critically. State officials have long warned that the new tests would produce lower scores, which they say will more accurately reflect students' skills, and in April, teachers and students reported that the tests were indeed challenging. After the state sent a letter to principals on Friday confirming that the scores would be "significantly lower" than in the past, the United Federation of Teachers argued — as it has before — that the news will undermine Bloomberg's claims of education progress. Chancellor Dennis Walcott called the union's criticism “despicable” and “really sad” during a conference call with reporters on Sunday. “What they're trying to do is politicize something that shouldn't be politicized at all," he said. Instead, Walcott emphasized that the scores should be seen as a baseline against which to measure future improvement. Walcott and Shael Polakow-Suransky, the department’s chief academic officer, said they would not be comparing this year’s test scores to scores from past years. "You can't compare these directly because they're not just slightly different tests, they're dramatically different tests," Polakow-Suransky said. "It's going to be difficult to make close comparisons with old state exams."
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