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.
Six mayoral candidates touted their education policies Saturday at a panel hosted by the United Federation of Teachers.
The Newtown school board has asked the federal government to waive the standardized test requirement for students from Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The question appeared on the writing portion of some versions of the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge, given to third-graders this past week. And it drew criticism from some parents, who thought it was inappropriate.
Some of the words the DOE wanted left out included: “divorce,” “evolution,” “poverty,” “alcohol” and “abuse.”
Governor Cuomo is threatening to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars in state aid unless educators agree to a new evaluation system.