State Granted Federal Waiver to Eliminate Double-Testing in Math

January 2, 2014 Updated Jan 2, 2014 at 3:56 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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State Granted Federal Waiver to Eliminate Double-Testing in Math

January 2, 2014 Updated Jan 2, 2014 at 3:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK STATE (WKBW) - On Thursday, the U.S Department of Education has approved New York State's request to waive double-testing requirements.

Current provisions of federal law require students who take Regents exams in math when they're in 7th and 8th grade to also take state assessments in math.

In a release from the New York State Department of Education:

"USDE's approval of New York's waiver request means the end of double-testing for nearly 60,000 New York students," said King. "The Regents, the Chancellor and I are committed to reducing the amount of time students spend on tests and eliminating any tests that don't inform instruction or improve student learning. Testing is an important part of the instructional cycle and good, sound assessments are necessary to monitor student academic progress. But we have repeatedly said that the amount of testing should be the minimum necessary to inform effective decision-making. Our successful waiver request is an example of New York's commitment to smarter, leaner testing."

At their October 2013 meeting, the Board of Regents directed the State Education Department (SED) to submit a request to USDE to waive provisions of the federal law that require states to measure the achievement of standards in mathematics using the same assessments for all students. The approved waiver will relieve teachers and schools from having to prepare students in seventh and eighth grade who are receiving instruction in Algebra I for multiple end of year assessments. Currently, seventh and eighth grade students who are receiving instruction in Algebra I and who take the Regents Examination in Algebra I (Common Core) are also required to take the NYS Common Core Mathematics Test for the grade in which they are enrolled. School districts will now be allowed to administer only the Regents Examination in Algebra I (Common Core) to these students, eliminating the need for double-testing in grades 7 and 8. This provision also applies to students in grades 7 and 8 who receive instruction in Geometry and who take the Regents Examination in Geometry."

The waiver will go into effect beginning in the Spring of 2014.