standardized testing

Opt-Out Movement Complicates New Teacher Evals

Aug 20, 2015

A new school year is starting soon, and education officials say they will try to reverse a growing movement of parents having their children opt out of standardized tests. The boycott could jeopardize a new system of teacher evaluations that are based on the exams and were supposed to begin later this fall.

Kremer Reacts To New York Standardized Test Results

Aug 17, 2015
Tim Kremer

The debates over standardized testing, teacher evaluations and opting out of the tests by students with the backing of their parents were all renewed recently as New York released the results of the math and English language exams for grades three through eight. In April, 20 percent of students opted out of the exams and of those who did take the tests, just over 38 percent were proficient in math and just over 31 percent in English. WAMC's Brian Shields spoke with the executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, Tim Kremer, about the test results. 


Connecticut high school juniors may no longer have to take a controversial standardized test. Earlier this week the Senate voted 33-3 to relieve 11th-graders from having to take Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test. Instead, they'd take a nationally recognized college readiness exam, such as the SAT.

4/21/15 Panel

Apr 21, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, SUNY Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Professor, Rosemary Armao, and essayist, author, editor and activist - Barbara Smith.

Scheduled topics include: EU Migrant Crisis; Baltimore Arrest Spinal Cord Death; Breast Cancer Numbers; Standardized Testing; 2015 Pulitzer Prizes.

Karen Magee: About Those Standardized Tests…

Mar 19, 2015

If you’re listening right now, you’ve probably taken a test.

Richard Iannuzzi: Standardized Testing In N.Y.

Mar 17, 2014

New York State United Teachers Union President Richard Iannuzzi discusses the New York State Education Department and standardized testing.

Another Common Core forum is taking place tonight as  parents and community members are invited to attend a gathering at Albany High.

Common Core is a national set of standards that most states, including New York, have adopted, establishing benchmarks for what students should know in math and English by the end of each grade, K through 12.

A New York state senator says it is time to pass his legislation to restrict standardized testing for the youngest students.