Some New York districts refusing state's "field tests"

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

At least five local school districts are refusing to give state "field tests" to students, saying that too much time is already lost to standardized testing.

The state Education Department is asking almost 4,000 schools across New York, including 293 locally, to administer trial tests in grades 3 to 8 this week and next that would be used only for the development of future tests.

"We are not the research and development arm of Pearson," said Rye Neck Superintendent Peter Mustich, referring to the testing giant that has a $32 million, five-year contract with New York to develop the Common Core-based, 3-to-8 tests.

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