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.
There’s growing criticism about what’s being taught in New York State public schools under the controversial new Common Core curriculum.
New York State Department of Education Commissioner John King, Jr. canceled the meetings following what he called “disruptions caused by the special interests” during the first meeting in Poughkeepsie.
City and state education officials met with teachers Thursday, one day after the New York State standardized test scores were released.
Parents and other New York City education activists are decrying the tests given statewide under tougher new learning standards.
The evaluation plan incorporates student test scores, principal observations and other data. Twenty percent of each score will be determined by “locally selected measures” that individual schools can set.
The New York City Department of Education has issued a letter to state officials, outlining its teacher training and evaluation goals and the steps taken to put them into action.