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New York State Education Department
September 16, 2019
New York’s state education commissioner has a new job at a school improvement consulting firm
Starting this month, Elia is a senior fellow at the International Center for Leadership in Education.
chasing a diploma
August 21, 2019
To get a high school equivalency diploma, NYC forces students to give up special education services
“If you don’t have this degree there are very few options for you.”
August 19, 2019
New York’s state test scores are expected soon. Here’s what we’ll be looking for.
State test scores are expected this month. Here’s what we’ll be looking for.
July 15, 2019
In a surprising move, MaryEllen Elia, New York’s top education official, will step down
Elia told the Board of Regents on Monday that this month’s meeting would be her last. She did not publicly state her reason for resigning.
back and forth
July 9, 2019
NYC vows to address special education failures detailed in state review. But will their reforms go far enough?
“These children only have one shot at education; whether we get it right or wrong today impacts their life chances."
Opt Out Tally
May 14, 2019
What proportion of students boycotted state tests at your New York City school in 2018? Here’s the breakdown.
Not a single student boycotted the exams at 108 city schools that offered the grades 3-8 tests, according to state data obtained through a freedom of information request.
meanwhile in albany
April 7, 2019
In wake of budget deal, Regents to analyze new spending plan for New York schools
For the first time Monday, New York’s Board of Regents will discuss the fresh spending plan, which will send $27.9 billion to school districts across the state, and how that will affect New York’s schools.
April 3, 2019
Computer-based state testing to resume in New York but concerns about glitches remain
Tuesday’s problems did not allow some students to log into the system or submit a completed test.
April 2, 2019
New York officials report glitches with computer-based state tests, renewing concerns about Questar
The computer meltdowns are the latest strike against Questar and could complicate the state’s efforts to expand the use of computer-based testing to every school.
Movers and shakers
March 18, 2019
Top New York education official tapped to lead Rhode Island schools
The departure of Infante-Green, who lost out on a top education job in Massachusetts last year, will leave a leadership hole in New York.
March 5, 2019
Did opt-out land some New York City schools on the state’s struggling list? Carranza says yes
Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza is now publicly challenging the state’s narrative.
Updated March 4, 2019
With vote to approve new charters, the sector’s growth in New York City could be indefinitely on hold
With a wave of new approvals Monday, New York City has all but reached the limit on the number of charter schools that…
January 23, 2019
New York legislators overhaul teacher evaluations, removing mandatory link to state test
The bill allows local districts and their teachers unions to decide what kind of assessments should be used to evaluate teachers and requires State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia to decide on a “menu” of alternative assessments for local districts.
January 11, 2019
A ‘gut punch’: Parents decry New York’s plan to upend special ed help centers and reduce staff
The decision came as a shock to providers, some of which have held contracts with the state for decades.
November 29, 2018
Success Academy illegally changes special education services without parent input, complaint claims
The complaint alleges a pattern of school officials unilaterally changing special education placements without holding meetings with parents.
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