Board of Regents votes to ax some state tests
The New York State Board of Regents voted yesterday to get rid of fifth- and eighth-grade social studies exams, prompting a mixed reaction from Long Island teachers.
The board says the move will save the state $800,000.
A local group representing social studies teachers and administrators wrote a letter to the Board of Regents saying the elimination of the tests will have long-term destructive consequences for students. The group argues schools will spend less time on social studies because it won?t be tested.
Other teachers say the elimination of the tests will give social studies teachers more freedom in their teaching.