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Topics in the News:
President's perspective | October 4, 2018 >>
New York State has begun to undo the legacy of lost instruction and parental anger brought about by the testing craze championed by the school “reform” movement. But it still has a ways to go to create a genuine culture of support for the schools and teachers that our children need.
Op-Eds | October 1, 2018 >>
New York City and New York State fell prey to the movement that made standardized tests in reading and math the only important measure of student and school success.
News | September 26, 2018 >>
For the third straight year, New York City made more headway than the rest of the state on achieving proficiency in math and ELA for grades 3 through 8, according to test scores released by the state Education Department on Sept. 26.
Editorials | July 5, 2018 >>
“Testing is not the be-all and end-all.” That statement would not be surprising coming from a teacher who sees subject mastery in a student’s class performance and work portfolio or from a parent in the opt-out movement. Both know that a child is more than a score on a high stakes test.
President's perspective | June 7, 2018 >>
Albany is finally devising a teacher evaluation system that does not hinge on how their students — or, in many cases, how students in their school whom they don’t even teach — perform on high-stakes state tests.
News stories | June 7, 2018 >>
A bill to uncouple standardized test scores from teacher evaluations and delete them from students’ permanent records may be close to being approved by state lawmakers.
Research shows | April 5, 2018 >>
Interim, low-stakes testing is not just an assessment tool but also facilitates the learning of new material, finds new research in the Journal of Educational Psychology.
Around the UFT | April 5, 2018 >>
That a cadre of teachers was taught to believe that test prep was actually quality teaching is the most dangerous and lasting legacy of the United States’ ill-fated obsession with high-stakes standardized tests, according to “The Testing Charade: Pretending to Make Schools Better,” a new book by a Harvard professor.
News stories | September 7, 2017 >>
The number of students who tested as proficient on state math and English Language Arts exams in 2017 continued to rise across New York City, according to test scores released by state and city officials on Aug. 22.
National education and labor news | September 7, 2017 >>
Students in private and suburban public schools are being awarded higher grades than students of equivalent talent and potential in urban public schools, according to new research by the College Board.
Editorials | July 6, 2017 >>
State education officials have decided to shorten the state ELA and math tests that students in grades 3–8 once slogged through over six days.
Chapter news | March 28, 2017 >>
Schools are no longer required to request prior approval from the State Education Department to administer state assessments over multiple days. And beginning with the 2017 test administration, students with disabilities who have the “tests read” accommodation on their individualized education programs (IEPs) or Section 504 accommodation plans (504 plans) must be provided with this accommodation for all sections of the test.
Union resolutions | March 22, 2017 >>
The UFT will continue to advocate to end the policy of distributive scoring of Regents exams.
Linking to learning | March 2, 2017 >>
There are ways to measure learning that take advantage of technology — and make our lives as teachers easier.
News stories | February 2, 2017 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew joined the mayor and the schools chancellor on Jan. 17 to announce that a record number of New York City public school students took and passed Advanced Placement exams in the prior school year.
National education and labor news | January 5, 2017 >>
Students with disabilities will have an easier time requesting accommodations during tests, starting on Jan. 1.
National education and labor news | January 5, 2017 >>
The math achievement of U.S. 15-year-olds fell on a major international benchmark. Among 35 industrialized nations, the United States now ranks 31st in math on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).
Feature stories | January 5, 2017 >>
Brooklyn Latin HS's growing reputation as a classical international baccalaureate school since its founding in 2006 has made it more difficult for neighborhood students to gain admission. The school is now using the PROSE program to try to reverse that trend.
News stories | January 5, 2017 >>
Students with reading disabilities will now have a chance to demonstrate what they know on New York State English Language Arts assessments, thanks to a new state policy that will allow the entire test — not just directions — to be read aloud to them.
News stories | September 8, 2016 >>
Students in grades 3-8 in every school district in New York City improved on the state’s Common Core English Language Arts test in 2016, matching the performance of their peers in the rest of the state for the first time.