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Anxious for Success: High Anxiety in New York's Schools

Cover New Research Report Explores Test Anxiety

Test anxiety. We’ve all heard the phrase. But what exactly is test anxiety, and how common is it among students? Moreover, which students does test anxiety affect most often, and what factors contribute to test anxiety?

NYSSBA and the New York Association of School Psychologists have teamed up to create an in-depth report on test anxiety.


Read the Full Report (10 pages - 921 KB) 

Press Release on Report



Report: Student test anxiety greater on state than local exams

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221 cell

Peter Faustino, NYASP
(518) 290-0697 or (914) 417-7661 cell

FOR RELEASE: November 20, 2015                         





Report finds student test anxiety greater on state than local exams;
study also finds adults have a significant impact on student test anxiety

Joint School Board-School Psychologist Research Report Examines Test Anxiety

About three-quarters (76 percent) of school psychologists in New York say their students experience greater anxiety over state tests than for local assessments, according to a new research report issued jointly today by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) and the New York Association of School Psychologists (NYASP).

Call to Action - ESEA Reauthorization Update

November 18, 2015

The House Education and the Workforce Committee and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) has announced that Committee leaders are preparing for the next steps in the ESEA reauthorization process.  A reconciled bill could be considered by both chambers by December.

The 17 House Conferees have been named for the Conference Committee.

NYSSBA Predicts More Tax Cap Overrides in 2016

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221 cell

FOR RELEASE: November 16, 2015                         



Nearly four in 10 school board members (38 percent) would consider asking voters to exceed their property tax cap in 2016 if their districts' cap were essentially zero percent, according to a poll by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA). 

Such a move would require 60 percent voter approval.

"With no growth allowed in their tax levies, we expect more school boards to attempt a tax cap override in order to meet their rising expenses," said Timothy G. Kremer, NYSSBA's executive director. "We'll know more in 2016 when school boards begin the budgeting process in earnest and share various budgeting scenarios with their communities."

Specter of flat tax cap haunts districts

On Board Online • November 16, 2015


Unless there is a drastic increase in the inflation rate between now and the end of the year, some school districts won’t be able to increase their tax levies a cent without supermajority voter approval.

That’s because districts are facing a zero percent tax cap for 2016-17, according to the most recent federal inflation data.

ECB: Treat schools as a partner in state budget process

On Board Online • November 16, 2015


When seven leading educational organizations held a news conference in Albany Nov. 9 to outline their budgetary recommendations to the Legislature for 2016-17, it wasn’t all about money.

The Educational Conference Board (ECB), which includes NYSSBA, called on legislators and the governor to “treat schools as a partner” in the state budget process.

Why school funding is so important

On Board Online • November 16, 2015


Did you know that nearly one-third of school districts in New York State are receiving less state aid than they did in 2009-10? Or that New York schools were forced to cut nearly 30,000 employees during the Great Recession?

Our state and nation have weathered some tough economic times. But now things are getting better. The state appears headed for a $1 billion surplus, according to recent press reports. The economy is showing promising signs, and the Federal Reserve is considering raising interest rates, possibly in December.

Regents find alternative to declaring ‘no confidence’ in APPR system

On Board Online • November 16, 2015


The state Board of Regents has stepped back from a plan to issue a formal statement panning the new teacher and principal evaluation system created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature. Instead, the Regents will revive a workgroup to recommend improvements in the law.

The mission for the reconstituted Common Core Workgroup will focus on issues stemming from the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) system imposed as part of the 2015-16 state budget.

New law authorizes tax cap adjustments

On Board Online • November 16, 2015


A law passed this year with NYSSBA’s support could introduce two new adjustments to school districts’ tax caps:

  • BOCES capital costs that are paid by member districts through fees would be accounted for.
  • The tax base growth factor would expand by including new construction that is excluded from the tax rolls because of arrangements with the government.

Tisch announces plan to step down in March

On Board Online • November 16, 2015


Saying she wants to quell speculation that political considerations will color her work in the coming months, Merryl H. Tisch has given early notice that she will not seek another term as chancellor and will step down from the Board of Regents when her current appointment concludes at the end of March.

“I plan to continue to be an independent – and I know all of you know – outspoken voice,” Tisch, 60, told her fellow board members as they began two days of October meetings.

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