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New York City Schools to Put Less Emphasis on Test Scores

New York City Schools to Put Less Emphasis on Test Scores
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School employees will be promoted based on multiple factors.

Chancellor Carmen Farina says New York City's school system will de-emphasize the importance of standardized test scores in deciding which students must repeat a grade.

Farina said Wednesday that starting this year, teachers and principals will make promotion decisions based on a range of factors including test scores and classroom work.

The policy change must be approved by the Panel for Educational Policy at its May 29 meeting.

The teachers' and principals' unions praised the policy change.

United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew said changing the promotion policy is "just common sense."

Council of School Supervisors and Administrators President Ernest Logan said the change means children will be treated "more humanely."

The new policy affects students in grades 3 through 8.