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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 14, 2013
For More Information Contact:

Jonathan Burman or Jeanne Beattie

(518) 474-1201

www.nysed.gov

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Statement from Commissioner King On NYSUT/UFT Call for Banning Pre-K-2 Standardized Testing

"We support the drive to prohibit standardized testing of pre K through 2nd grade students. 

"There are no pre-K – Grade 2 standardized tests administered or required by the state, and there never have been.  Decisions about how to measure student progress in pre-K – Grade 2 are made by local school districts. However, we strongly recommend against the use of bubble tests or other traditional standardized tests and urge districts and their bargaining units to identify other ways to assess learning progress for these very young students."

"In fact, the Board of Regents has a long-standing policy against administering standardized tests to our very youngest students. 

"We look forward to working together to make sure that children are protected from more testing than is necessary at the local school district level."