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      New York receives federal waiver to end double-testing in schools

      Changes are coming to New York State testing requirements for nearly 60,000 students.

      The United States Department of Education has granted New York a waiver that will eliminate double testing. Federal law currently requires students who take Regents exams in mathematics when they are in seventh or eighth grade to also take the state mathematics assessment. This waiver will eliminate that requirement for New York students.

      "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," said State Education Commissioner John King. "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."

      The waiver will take effect beginning with spring 2014 assessments.