Bronx students to still take only one standardized exam

The two standardized tests administered to Bronx third, fifth and seventh-graders have been merged into one.

For the 2005-2006 school year, Bronx students were originally slated to take two separate sets of the math and reading standardized tests, one for the city and one for the state. The city was going to schedule its own exams when state education officials said they would not have timely results letting students know whether they were academically prepared to advance to the next grade level. However, education officials determined the second set of tests would be redundant and decided to only test once.

During the 2004-2005 school year, Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R-NY) pushed and achieved an end to social promotion. During social promotion, students who did not pass the standardized test still had the opportunity to advance based on their curriculum coursework. Now students who fail the exam must attend summer school and retake the test before moving on to a higher grade.Related Story

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