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The public will now have a chance to weigh-in on revisions to the state's Learning Standards for Math and English. The Common Core is now being referred to as New York State P-12 English Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Standards. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the New York State Education Department (NYSED) released its revisions Tuesday. 

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New York State's largest teachers union was once a powerful force behind the opt-out movement. But with an expected shift of leadership as the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) leader won't seek reelection, will it reshape education policy?  WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Reporter Tiffany Lankes will discuss the issue in this week's Press Pass, which we hosted on Facebook Live for the first time Monday.

ELA & Math scores show gains in student proficiency

Jul 29, 2016
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State-wide students are showing some increases in proficiency in Common Core testing. New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia issued results late Friday afternoon from this spring's ELA and Math Standardized testing students in 3rd through 8th grade. 

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The school year is winding down and the last of the statewide standardized tests have been given to students. Governor Cuomo says Common Core was poorly implemented in the state and it's up to those who did so - the State Education Department - to restore parents' faith in the system.


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New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia insists the state needs high standards for students. Elia is touring some Western New York schools today meeting with parents and teachers to explain changes to assessments.

School leaders pleased with no time limits for tests

Jan 29, 2016
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Students will no longer have time limits on state tests this spring.  State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia says students third through eighth graders will be given the time they need to talk the assessments. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter asked some area schools superintendents if this will ease over testing concerns.

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State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia says she won’t prevent parents who want their children to skip the state’s standardized tests from doing so.


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The state education commissioner’s plans to quell the testing opt out movement is getting some backlash from some Republicans in the legislature, including a former teacher.


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Governor Cuomo says he doubts that there will be  federal sanctions for schools that have high rates of students who boycotted standardized tests this spring.


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A new school year is starting soon, and education officials say they will try to reverse a growing movement of parents having their children opt out of standardized tests.  The boycott could jeopardize a new system of teacher evaluations.

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Another round of Common Core testing will be held Wednesday across the state. Students in grades three through eight are taking the math exam. While thousands opting out across Western New York last week for the ELAs, the opt out rate in the Buffalo School District was only at seven percent. 

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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.

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State Senator Marc Panepinto returned to his roots in the Ken-Ton school district Monday to push for opting out of today's ELA tests.