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New York taking center stage in standardized tests battle

LA School Report | April 14, 2015

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By Kyle Spencer | The New York Times

This past winter, Nicholas Gottlieb, the father of a third grader and a sixth grader in Manhattan, helped organize a citywide forum against standardized testing during which more than 200 parents and teachers talked about ways to “attack the issue from different angles.”

Just last month, he led chants at a rally to protest Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s education platform, including a plan to make teacher evaluations more dependent on test scores.

But on Tuesday, when more than a million third through eighth graders in New York State sit for the first of six English and math testing sessions, Mr. Gottlieb’s two daughters, who attend Public School 3 in the West Village and the Clinton School for Writers and Artists in Chelsea, will be opting in.

“I would like to think that I would have the courage of my convictions,” he said. “But can I really do that when it means I’m gambling with my kids’ futures?”

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