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Test reduction coming to 8th grade, others considered

ALBANY State Education Commissioner John King told superintendents Thursday he is working to eliminate some standardized testing. The state received a waiver from the U.S. Education Department to eliminate double-testing in 8th Grade Math and additional tests could follow. In a memo he cited a variety of pressures as a reason for the discussions.

King was in the Capital Region Thursday to host a forum on Common Core changes with parents, but did not discuss his memo. The Board of Regents is also reportedly considering additional tests.

Things take time. We have to prioritize what is our greatest concern, what can we do and what can we advocate so we can make this a manageable system for our students, said Angela Nagle, Superintendent of East Greenbush CSD.

Nagle hosted a forum for parents on Tuesday to discuss changes parents can expect in the classroom. She also answered questions from parents that she used for ongoing discussions with state education leaders

It's my belief you can't complain globally about any issue. You need to break it down and be specific. These are enormous issues we're dealing with whether its funding, the New York State testing or Common Core testing, said Nagle.

Some tests are tied to grants, but the King told superintendents the state will offer grants to support Common Core instruction using Race to the Top funding.

To view Kings memo to superintendents click here.

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