The numbers are in. Thousands of students across Western New York sat out the first day of the English Language Arts state tests. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says some of the highest numbers occurred in the West Seneca School District.
WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley has more on the "opt out" numbers from local districts...
Many parents and students are standing up against state assessments. Thousands of students in grades 3rd through 8th are expect to opt out of standardized testing statewide today. But WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says one school leader is urging parents to make sure their children take the tests.
Parents and students want to send a strong message to New York State by opting out of assessments. On Tuesday students in grades three through eight will be administered the English Language Arts exam. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley talked to local parents about allowing their child to opt out.
Third through eighth graders are scheduled to take the English Language Arts next week. Last year 60,000 students opted out across the state, refusing to take the Common Core standardized tests. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the latest Brookings Institution study finds opting out would most likely be "inconsequential."
The Kenmore-Tonawanda School Board has backed off from its proposed boycott of the state's standardized testing. Board members held a special session Wednesday night, voting unanimously to abandon the boycott.
The Concerned Clergy Coalition of Western New York is calling for a national search for a new city schools superintendent. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley reports it's one of two demands the coalition is requesting.
Support for opting out of standardized testing is mounting. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says while the State Education Department and Cuomo Administration warn against it, others are urging parents to have their children opt out.
Some Buffalo Public high school students participated in MoneySKILL Mania on Thursday. It's a financial literacy challenges sponsored by UB's School of Management and M&T Bank. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says this program tests a teens' financial skills.
Governor Cuomo and the state legislature approved some significant changes to the state’s education system and how teachers are evaluated going forward. But, before all that can be implemented ,the new system faces a big test, literally, later this month.
The dispute between the two factions of the Buffalo Board of Education is heating up over whether to move up someone inside the school system to be superintendent or go through a long process in search of an outside candidate.
An insightful Frontier Central High School student has posted his views on school curriculum and Common Core rules in an online video. It features a poem he wrote to articulate that students are fed up. WBFO’s Eileen Buckley sat down with the student and his principal to discuss the video titled This Is Genius.
New numbers released by Say Yes Buffalo indicate a higher rate of students heading to college. 64 percent of Buffalo Public High School gradates from the class of 2014 enrolled in two and four-year colleges this past fall.
WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says Say Yes other cities are looking at the lessons of the local program.
It's that time of year when many households with high school seniors are wrestling and wrangling with career paths, college choices, or, perhaps, the choice of no college at all. Arlene Kaukus, Director of the Career Office at the University at Buffalo, provides some encouraging thoughts for those who may find themselves at a dispiriting time.
American higher education suffers from two main problems: getting kids in and keeping them there to get their degrees. That was the message delivered Monday at UB by University of Pennsylvania Higher Education Professor Laura Perna.
WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley has obtained a letter from the New York State Education Department to the Kenmore Tonawanda School Board President in response to this week's vote to consider a possible boycott against state assessments.
Under state law, the Education Commissioner can remove school board members or superintendents who refuse to administer state required assessments. Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul says she is concerned about more districts following the lead of the Kenmore-Tonawanda School Board.
Governor Cuomo and the legislature are considering a commission to design a new teacher evaluation plan, in order to break an impasse over the state budget. But even some lawmakers admit that the compromise is just kicking the can down the road.