Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Testing up the wazoo in NYC

The big news in N.Y.C. today is that third, fifth, and seventh graders are going to have to take City tests this year after all (press release here, NY Times here). Previously everyone thought that all students would be taking the state tests, but this year kids in those grades will have to take both -- a total of two tests in reading and two in math.

Why? The state has not been able to report scores before September, which is too late to accomodate Bloomberg's no-social-promotion policy in grades 3, 5, and 7.

UPDATE: More to come on implications for charter schools. I believe it was the case before that schools chartered by New York City were not held to the mayor's social promotion policy; unsure if that's still the case. If they are, then some NYC charter schools will have to take the city tests, and others (those chartered by SUNY) will not.

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