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New York education commissioner asks feds to ease up on opt-out rules

from Education Week

New York Commissioner of Education Mary Ellen Elia wrote a critical letter to the U.S. Department of Education saying that punishing schools for having a high opt-out rate on the state's federally required standardized tests would defeat the purpose of states' accountability systems. The Education Department's proposed regulations, under the Every Student Succeeds Act require states to label schools subpar if fewer than 95 percent of a school's eligible students took the state test. more

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