New York delays use of test scores to grade teachers

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York education leaders have suspended the use of standardized test scores in teacher evaluations for four years while the state revises the Common Core learning standards and related testing.

The moratorium was approved by the policy-making Board of Regents in Albany Tuesday.

It was recommended by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Common Core Task Force last week and has been vigorously sought by teachers for much longer.

The measure sets up a transition period during which grade 3-8 math and reading scores will be used only on an advisory basis, rather than as a key component of annual performance reviews that can lead to teacher firings.

The New York State United Teachers union says the moratorium is a first step toward ending what it calls a "test-and-punish mentality."

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