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SED rethinks computerized testing, plans phase-in over several years

On Board Online • October 13, 2014

By Eric D. Randall
Editor-in-Chief

Last spring, more than 16,000 students in New York State took computer-based tests in a pilot project. This spring, it could be zero.

The State Education Department has slowed down its plan to switch from paper tests to computer-based tests as early as this school year.

New York is part of a multi-state consortium called PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers), which will be offering online assessments this spring. All PARCC members except New York will be using those assessments, said PARCC spokesman David Connerty-Marin. Participating will be Washington, D.C. and 11 states – Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio and Rhode Island.

Several concerns make waiting a better option, according to Ken Wagner, deputy commissioner for curriculum, assessment and educational technology.

They include:

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SUNY POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE & NEW YORK STATE SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION PRESENT THREE SCHOOLS WITH INNOVATION AWARDS IN STATEWIDE COMPETITION

FOR RELEASE:  October 2, 2014

Contact:   Al Marlin, NYSSBA
(518) 783-3723
     
Contact:  Jerry Gretzinger, SUNY Poly
(518) 956-7359

Albany, NY – Furthering Governor Andrew Cuomo’s high-tech educational paradigm as it prepares New York State’s students for opportunities in growing industries such as nanotechnology, three school districts have received “Be the Change for Kids” Innovation Awards for their novel approaches to science, technology, engineering, and math-related (STEM) programs. The competition—now in its third consecutive year—is presented by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) and SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly).


“Governor Andrew Cuomo’s leadership continues to catalyze the rapid growth of New York State’s nanotechnology sector, resulting in powerful educational opportunities, such as those that stem from the ‘Be the Change for Kids’ Innovation Awards, that can directly meet the needs of New York’s innovation economy,” said SUNY Poly CEO and Officer in Charge Dr. Alain Kaloyeros. “We are once again delighted to partner with the New York State School Boards Association, and we congratulate this year’s honorees for their exciting, science-based programs and steadfast commitment to providing their students with the critical skills that are necessary for accessing high-tech opportunities across New York.”

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