SED plans 3 hour test for some gr 3-8 students

The NY State Education Department (SED) released its final testing schedule today for students in grade 3-8 who are set to take the annual math and English language arts exams.  New York students are set to take the barrage of tests, which could last as long as 3 hours, this April.

In a characterization called by some as ironic, by others as sad and out-of-touch, the State’s commissioner of education, Dr. John King, said Monday, ““We’ve balanced the need for better, more detailed information about student learning with our concern for minimizing student stress.”

SED’s website was down Monday night, but by then the testing memo was being circulated on Twitter and Facebook among teachers eager to learn the latest in what has been a series of missteps by the commissioner and his testing department.

The commissioner’s memo is available at:


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News and notes on education, labor, politics and the arts from CNY teacher Greg McCrea.
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