New York won’t make changes to standardized tests for at least 2 years

The New York State Education Department won't change its English and math tests for at least two years, the commissioner announced today. The tests, given to third through eighth graders, will continue to be administered over three days, Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said, after considering a switch to two-day testing.

The length of the tests was a major complaint that surfaced with the opt-out movement among parents who say their children are overburdened and over-stressed by state testing. Critics said that students spend too much of their time in school taking tests.

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