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Rise & Shine: Low marks for test content, construction, scoring

  • After an outcry, the state spiked a confusing exam passage. (GothamSchools, SchoolBook, Daily News)
  • The author of the story that inspired the passage criticized the test questions. (Daily News, WSJ)
  • The episode has given fodder to critics of standardized tests and the companies that make them. (Times)
  • Others complained that the tests’ reading passages’ focus on sounds was tough for deaf students. (Post)
  • Michael Winerip: “Robo-Graders” are said to be reliable, but their results present big issues. (Times)
  • A city teacher says real literature is valuable for students to learn, but they see little of it on tests. (Times)
  • The principal of Shuang Wen School is facing firing after an investigation. (GothamSchools, WSJ, NY1)
  • Some parents are worried that the expansion of a Harlem school will diminish its quality. (Daily News)
  • Williamsburg Charter High School won a temporary stay against its scheduled closure. (SchoolBook)
  • The mother of a student who was hit by flying scissors in school is suing the city for $5 million. (Post)
  • Some city private schools are asking students not to broadcast their college choices until later. (Post)
  • Ohio education leaders want 12th-graders to spend the year in internships. (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

Last week on GothamSchools:

  • Some people at closing Washington Irving High aren’t happy about their principal’s new job. (Friday)
  • A citywide gifted program in Queens isn’t being allowed to expand to include middle school. (Friday)
  • A top Department of Education official seemed to endorse a school on the “turnaround” list. (Thursday)
  • The city will give credit to high schools for students who enter the military or work after all. (Wednesday)
  • For students with disabilities, the state’s longer-than-ever exams can be even longer. (Wednesday)
  • At a Bronx turnaround school, changes could threaten career and technical programs. (Tuesday)
  • Citing growing stakes, some families are boycotting the state tests that continue this week. (Monday)
  • Federal turnaround funding is generating only mixed reviews in districts across the country. (Monday)

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