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New Study:
A recent study by ACT noted that “only about half (51%) of the nearly 1.2 million 2005 high school graduates who took the ACT college admission and placement exam met the College Readiness Benchmark for reading on the exam, the lowest level in more than a decade. ... The percentage of students prepared for college-level reading peaked at 55 percent in 1999 and has declined since.”

A Letter To All Members of the Board of Regents
Date: September, 2005
Excerpt: "We write... to express our deep concern regarding the impact that the current policy of high stakes testing in social studies is having on effective teaching and the preparation of students in the study of history at the college level."
Read letter | See Co-Signers

Transcript: Portfolio Schools Debate (PDF)
Senator Saland: "...What the bill proposes to do is to say that certain schools -- and currently there are some 28 so-called consortium schools, schools which belong to the New York Performance Standards Consortium -- would continue to have the benefit of a variance or waiver which they received back in 1995 from former Education Commissioner Sobel..."
New York State Senate: The Stenographic Record
May 31, 2005

June 2002 Physics Exam - What Went Wrong
"...Our very best Physics students, as judged by national college standards and receiving college credit for their accomplishments, could not score an "A" average on the New York State Physics exam."
William C. Cala, Ed.D.
The Fairport Central School District

Two Resolutions Made About the Physics Exam
From The New York State School Boards Association

Chemistry Joins Physics as a Problem Regents Test
"...The problem is one of 'double jeopardy,' in which one wrong calculation forces wrong answers on other questions, even though the student clearly understands the material, said Chappaqua science chairman Richard Goodman."
By Meryl Hyman Harris
Published in The Journal News, June 26, 2002

More Schools Rely on Tests, but Study Raises Doubts
"...the study found that once states tie standardized tests to graduation, fewer students tend to get diplomas."
Greg Winter
Published in The New York Times

Can Failing Schools Be Fixed?
"Will the sanctions for failing schools laid out in No Child Left Behind succeed in turning them around?"
Monty Neill


The New York Performance Standards Consortium: College Performance Study (PDF)

"Do the graduates of the New York Performance Standards Consortium schools perform well in college? Do these schools prepare these students -- mostly African-American, Latino, and economically disadvantaged -- for college-level work?

Martha Foote, Director of Research

Phi Delta Kappan, January 2007