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State tells superintendents it will reduce testing

By Lombardo David
Friday, October 25, 2013

The state will scale back some of its standardized testing, according to a letter from state Education Department Commissioner John King Jr. to the state's superintendents.

"The Regents and the department will continue to look for ways to reduce testing that is not needed without sacrificing the valuable information assessments provide," King told superintendents in more than 700 school districts. "We welcome your input."

A copy of the letter is available below.

Schenectady City School District Superintendent Larry Spring said the decision was a step in the right direction. "But what we need is to broader, more inclusive and thoughtful conversation about which purposes of testing do we think are the most important and need to be kept, and which ones are less important and can be jettisoned," he added.

"The primary competing forces are that some assessments inform our instruction and some assessments hold us accountable to external regulatory agencies," Spring said. "Both are important purposes, but we have to keep the accountability assessments "secure" and not let our teachers use student responses to inform their instruction - resulting in increased assessments."

Saratoga Springs School District Superintendent Michael Piccirillo said, "The Commissioner's announcement is a step in the right direction and shows he is listening to the concerns being raised about testing by parents and educators."

Read the full story on King's decision HERE.

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