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A test every three weeks?

Between city- and state-mandated assessments, New York’s 3rd and 4th graders average a standardized test every 13 school days, and 8th graders every 14 school days, says Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum. And that doesn’t include teacher-designed tests and quizzes used to guide instruction and compute report card grades, or non-mandated practice tests given by science and social studies teachers to prepare students for standardized tests in those subject areas. With all this testing, when do teaching and learning occur?