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NYS United Teachers frustrated with Education Dept. decision standardized tests can be delayed, not canceled

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(WBNG) -- New York States United Teachers says it does not approve of the Education Department's ruling that standardized testing can be delayed, but not canceled.

In January, the teacher's union asked the state to request a federal waiver regarding a testing requirement for grades three to eight and high school.

The union argued that standardized testing should not occur because there is no standardized-instructional model due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a news release, NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said the Education Department's decision didn't make sense.

"As the educators in the classroom, we have always known that standardized tests are not the best way to measure a child’s development, and they are especially unreliable right now," he said. "We need to ensure that our students who have been hit hardest during the pandemic receive the support they need."

He said giving students exams was "not the solution."

NYSUT Executive Vice President Jolene T. DiBrango said, “Students deserve better."

To read more about the Education Department's decision, click here.

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