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Capital Region state legislators draft education reforms

By Lombardo David
Thursday, July 18, 2013

Capital Region state legislators have drafted a list of reforms that were forwarded to the state Education Department.

The proposals stem from a forum the legislators hosted in June that looked at problems facing educators and students, particularly the burden of state testing.

A copy of the letter with the recommendations is available below.

The letter was signed by Assembly members Patricia Fahy, D-Albany, John McDonald, D-Cohoes, Phil Steck, D-Colonie, Steve McLaughlin, R-Melrose, Peter Lopez, R-Schoharie, and James Tedisco, R-Glenville, and senators Neil Breslin, D-Delmar, and Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg.

According to a news release, the suggestions include:

+ Place a moratorium on the high stakes consequences of testing related to the Common Core Curriculum;
+ Reduce the overall number of tests (and combine tests where at all possible);
+ Decrease the amount of time students spend being tested, the length and duration of the tests, and the number of questions on each test;
+ Ensure that the data and results from the tests be received in a timely way by the school districts so it can be useful to instructors.

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Education Reform Letter

 
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