QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz, a New York City public school parent, stated the following in response to the New York State Education Department’s prolonged delay in releasing standardized test scores to elementary and middle school students and their parents:
“Junior high and high school open houses have now begun. For those applying, how can parents possibly be expected to make an informed decision as to which schools they should prioritize on their applications?” Borough President KATZ said. “This prolonged embargo imposed upon students from their own test scores has caused all families extreme frustration and uncertainty. It is terribly unfair to shortchange students on the time they have to apply to their middle and high schools of choice, especially when the scores are available now and the application process is already underway.”
The New York City high school application process is currently open; the middle school application process opens in October.
The State Education Department announced in January 2018 that scores on this past spring’s standardized tests for students from grades 3 to 8 would not be released until September, as to allow for a review of the switch from three days of testing to two. City schools, however, have known test scores since August, but have not been permitted to provide the data to students and their parents. In past years, test scores were released in mid-summer, well before the middle and high school application process.
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