Additional testing for Bronx students

(07/17/03) THE BRONX - More standardized tests are in the future for Bronx and city public school kids. It's the city's way of improving failing test scores. The idea behind the six practice tests is to make sure students are on the right track when it comes to learning.

They'll be given in English and in math; two areas the Department of Education says need improvement. The hope is that any deficiencies would be caught before it's too late

Beginning this fall, students in grades three, five, six and seven will take the so-called interim assessments. They'll be given in October, December and February. Students in grades four and eight will take the tests at least twice a year.

The tests will cost taxpayers approximately $8 million over the next three years, a price many say is worth paying to ensure the students' education.

The Princeton Review will design the tests for Bronx and city school kids. The scores will not be used as part of the students' grades; instead they'll be used as a diagnostic tool.

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