Board Of Regents
The state Board of Regents approved a plan to trim down the time allotted for the math exam by 20 minutes and the English assessment by 10 minutes.
Some standardized tests in New York public schools will be eliminated, state Education Commissioner John King has told superintendents, citing “a variety of pressures” that may have hurt instruction. The move comes after years of criticism from teachers and parents.
The Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents says thousands of students are now “warehoused” due to New York City’s policy of shutting failing schools.
The tests that allow as many as 5,000 New York City students to graduate in January were canceled this year because of the state budget deficit.
With Saturday marking the 18th anniversary of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, some are voicing concern at the lack of a formalized educational program on the history of 9/11.
The state Board of Regents has approved changes in the statewide curriculum and testing to enforce the requirements, which include the higher standard for math in kindergarten and first grade.