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State to pursue waiver to test new evaluation system

Jan 14, 2016 12:02 am

Keshia Clukey is reporting at Politico New York the state Education Department will apply for a pilot program under new federal legislation that would allow the state to explore a new kind of assessment system. The Every Student Succeeds Act, enacted in December, replaces No Child Left Behind. Under that law, seven states would be given waivers allowing them to have a school district, or in some cases the full state, operate a new assessment system in lieu of state tests. It is still unclear when the application process for the new program will open. The pilot covers a five-year period, and after the third year, the federal education secretary will conduct a study to measure how the participating states are performing. The program could then be opened up to all states, according to federal lawmakers. In December the state Board of Regents put a moratorium in place on the use of the third- through eighth-grade test scores for teacher and principal evaluations through the 2019-2020 school year. The state education department is currently in the process of reviewing the Common Core learning standards, assessments and evaluations. Read the full story at Politico New York.