Parents, teachers, unions and government officials all are weighing in on the pros and cons of standardized testing in New York State.
Many parents across New York are wrestling with the question - should they allow their children to take New York's math and English tests, part of the new "Common Core" curriculum for grades three through eight scheduled for this month.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders say they've come up with a plan to ensure that school district teacher-evaluation systems remain in place until they're re-negotiated.
Monday's agreement addresses a concern at the center of an impasse between New York City and its teachers union that caused city schools to miss a deadline for adopting an evaluation plan. That cost the district $260 million in state aid.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said he didn't want an agreement that would expire before it could weed out ineffective teachers.