It's a big week for New York State's elementary school students and their teachers, as we hear in this report from WAMC's Dave Lucas…
For three days beginning today, students in grades 3 to 8 will hunker down with No. 2 pencils to take the state standardized tests in English Language Arts.
Next week, they'll tackle standardized math assessments.
Under a new state law, student performance on the tests will now account for as much as 40 percent of annual reviews for certain teachers.