Proposal to waive standardized tests gets mixed reviews

Jacquie Slater & WNYT Staff
Created: February 03, 2021 06:40 PM

A week after the state said it's seeking federal waivers on standardized tests for students, the proposal is getting mixed reviews.

The New York State Education Department says given the pandemic and unusual learning circumstances facing students and educators, mandated assessments could not be executed fairly.

However, some groups say not giving them creates inequality.

Some students are at home, some are hybrid, some are in person all the time.

The Board of Regents says assessments cannot be safely, equitably, and fairly administered given the differences in pandemic instruction models across the state.

NYSED announced last week they are requesting waivers for assessments and accountability requirements.

They're currently in a public comment period on the matter and on Wednesday, the New York State United Teachers said more than 30,000 comments have come in and most seem to support the state's move.

However, the New York Equity Coalition says these tests are vital.

The coalition believes without them, we will not fully understand the big picture impacts the pandemic is having on students who historically have been undeserved in the education system.

The coalition believes the pandemic only increases those disadvantages.

Hear some more of the concerns from both sides by watching the video of Jacquie Slater's story.


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