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January 5, 2016
Why does everything we do right for students with disabilities disappear on testing day?
Two special education teachers explain why the state must continue lobbying to change how state tests work for students with disabilities.
November 16, 2015
As charter approvals dwindle, state ed officials begin to ask why
Two city charter schools got preliminary approval from the Board of Regents — but the overall number of new charter schools might reach its lowest number in years.
November 16, 2015
Early results of New York’s Common Core survey are mostly positive
About 1.5 percent of New York teachers have responded to the survey so far.
November 4, 2015
On second tour, Elia scrutinizes teaching and learning inside a Renewal classroom
After a tour at P.S. 298 in Brownsville, Elia and other state education officials applauded the school’s efforts, but said more improvement was needed.
October 21, 2015
New York’s Common Core review begins with a survey and a new name
The 2,000-question form allows respondents to weigh in on every one of the Common Core’s math and English standards, spanning pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade.
October 20, 2015
Elia and Fariña compare visions for school improvement in the Bronx
Chancellor Carmen Fariña and New York State Commissioner MaryEllen Elia promised to collaborate, but the pressure is still on at the School of Diplomacy.
October 19, 2015
To anti-testing crowd, Tisch and Elia defend state assessments with caveats
The state’s top education officials struck a measured tone when discussing the Common Core standards earlier this month.
ask and you shall receive
October 15, 2015
Elia says school turnaround law needs changes to provide more time and money
The hearing was an opportunity for state and local education officials had to sound off on the turnaround initiative and the impact it’s having on schools.
September 16, 2015
Elia names new slate of state education leaders, including former city ELLs chief
The appointments end an extended period of transition at the department that began when former Commissioner John King departed at the end of 2014.
eyes on opt-out
August 20, 2015
Elia says supporting opt-outs ‘unethical,’ vows to keep pushing feds for waiver
“I think opt-out is something that is not reasonable,” State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said Thursday.
a second look
August 6, 2015
Ahead of state’s Common Core review, Commissioner Elia looks outside New York
For Commissioner Elia, the review offers a test for how she will respond to concerns — and a chance to say the state is taking action.
a big switch
Updated July 9, 2015
New York ditches controversial test-maker Pearson
The state has signed a five-year contract with Minneapolis-based Questar Assessment Inc., after several controversies involving giant test-maker Pearson.
Turnover at the top
July 8, 2015
Amid transition at New York ed department, Ken Wagner to decamp for Rhode Island
Ken Wagner, a top state education official who took on a bigger role after John King’s resignation, has been tapped to be Rhode Island’s next education commissioner.
July 7, 2015
Ken Wagner, top state ed deputy, a finalist for Rhode Island ed chief job
Wagner would be the latest in a string of state education officials to leave over the last year, which has been marked by tumult over education policy.
June 2, 2015
Incoming commissioner Elia talks evals, promises to listen to opt-out concerns
MaryEllen Elia said Tuesday that she favors giving school districts more time to make changes to their teacher evaluation systems, but skirted questions about other hot-button issues.
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