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Tue May 1, 2018, 02:10 PM

Senate joins push to separate New York state exams from teacher evaluations

Albany -- A pair of leading Senate Republicans joined an Assembly Democratic effort to separate mandatory state exams from teacher evaluations.

“Testing should not be the Holy Grail of our educational system but just one measurement,” Saratoga and Schenectady county Republican Sen. Jim Tedisco said recently, with the filing of a bill that he is sponsoring with Long Island's Carl Marcellino to disallow the use of statewide student exam results in teacher performance reviews.

“It’s time we close the book on the era of over-testing and stop the testing madness once and for all,” added Tedisco who is a former special education teacher, guidance counselor and coach.

If passed and signed into law, that would mean that the state math and English tests given in Grades 3-8 and the high school Regents exams, wouldn’t be used as part of teacher performance evaluations.

Read more: https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Senate-joins-push-to-de-couple-state-exams-from-12870223.php

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