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Half of NYC kids passed state tests

About half of New York City’s 3rd- to 8th-grade students are proficient in math and reading, according to the scores on the spring 2023 state tests.

City test scores are mixed

The results of New York State’s standardized tests showed the pandemic took a toll on math education in New York City public schools that was in line with a national trend, even as student reading scores improved slightly in contrast to the declines...

Resolution to support the elimination of distributive scoring for high school Regents exams

The UFT calls on the Chancellor to reinstate Regents scoring at the home school when there is adequate staff to comply with state regulations, so that teachers can remain at their regularly assigned sites.

What’s the point of a test?

When an assessment is well-designed and aligns with standards, the idea of “teaching to the test” sheds its negative connotation.

G&T wake-up call

The city's Panel for Education Policy refused to continue standardized testing for preschoolers for admission to the city’s gifted and talented programs, opening the door for reshaping the program and the criteria for admission and taking a crucial...

New York state standardized tests have been suspended

The State Education Department has suspended a half-dozen state assessments — including the math and English language arts tests for grades 3-8 — for elementary and middle school students for the remainder of the school year because of the...

Testing and promotion

With testing season fast approaching, it’s a good time to review the Department of Education’s current policies regarding testing accommodations, alternate assessments and modified promotion criteria for students with disabilities.

Testimony regarding testing and alternative measures of performance

The UFT submitted testimony to the City Council Committee on Education regarding testing and alternative measures of performance.

City kids’ state test scores go up again

New York City public school students improved their performance on state math and English tests for grades 3 through 8 for the sixth year in a row, according to 2019 test scores released by the state Education Department on Aug. 22.

The limits of testing

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...