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NYSSBA Poll: Three-quarters of school board members favor the reduction in state testing days

FOR RELEASE: April 24, 2018



CONTACT: Al Marlin
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Nearly three-quarters of school board members responding to a recent online poll by the New York State School Boards Association believe the reduction in the number of testing days for the state’s grades 3-8 English language arts (ELA) and math exams is positive for their school districts. 

Starting this year, the number of testing days for both the state’s grades 3-8 ELA and math exams was reduced from three days to two. Of the 548 poll respondents, 73 percent believe the shorter testing timeframe was "generally positive" for their district.

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Vaping woos a generation

On Board Online • April 23, 2018

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

The enticing whiff of rebellion that once drew many students to sneak their first cigarettes has faded over the last 20 years. But there's a new fad with the power to launch nicotine addiction: vaping.

A term referring to the use of devices that deliver flavored vapor to the lungs, vaping is wooing a new generation of teens who shun traditional cigarettes.

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