June 12, 2017

Educators for Excellence-New York Reacts to Board of Regents Changes to Standardized Assessments

June 12, 2017 (New York, New York) – Educators for Excellence-New York (E4E-New York), a teacher-led organization, today reacted to the Board of Regents’ decision to cut testing time by a third, reducing standardized math and English assessments in grades 3-8 to two days each.

“I am glad the Board of Regents has listened to concerns voiced by educators, students and their families by making sure we aren’t losing too many learning hours in the classroom or placing undue pressure on young students,” said Melissa Kaminski, eighth-grade special education teacher at Baychester Middle School in the Bronx and member of E4E-New York. “Shortening the length of these tests and giving students the time they need to take them can still give us an accurate snapshot that will help teachers know what students have mastered and where they need help.”

Today’s announcement marks the first major change to the New York State English Language Arts and Math Tests since 2016, when the Board of Regents chose to remove some questions from the math and English assessments, as well as provide students with unlimited time. The reduced-length tests are expected to be implemented in Spring 2018.

Shortening the length of tests, releasing more test questions and eliminating time limits are in line with recommendations outlined by E4E teachers,” said Evan Stone, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of E4E. “We applaud the New York State Board of Regents for listening to educators’ concerns about over-testing and student anxiety, while renewing their commitment to the importance of rigorous assessments that give educators, students and parents insight into how students are doing and what they need to succeed.”