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Double-testing ends for students in Spring 2014

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ALBANY, N.Y.— State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. announced Thursday the approval of a request for a waiver ending double-testing for seventh and eighth grade students.

United States Department of Education approved New York State's request for a waiver from the federal law that currently requires students who take regents exams in mathematics when they are in seventh and eighth grade to also take the state mathematics assessment.

 "The Regents, the Chancellor and I are committed to reducing the amount of time students spend on tests and eliminating any tests that don't inform instruction or improve student learning. Testing is an important part of the instructional cycle and good, sound assessments are necessary to monitor student academic progress. But we have repeatedly said that the amount of testing should be the minimum necessary to inform effective decision-making" said King.

The approval of this request means the end of double-testing for nearly 60,000 New York students.

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