In a reversal, state ed big rips kid tests

In an about-face, the state’s top education official laced into standardized tests for kids in the early grades Thursday.

As the Daily News reported, 36 city early elementary schools were required to give multiple-choice math exams as part of the new teacher evaluation system this fall.

The state approved private companies’ tests for kindergartners through second-graders, but the city and school districts had a choice not to use the exams, insisted state Education Commissioner John King.

“We strongly recommend against the use of bubble tests or other traditional standardized tests,” King said Thursday.

Earlier this fall, King declined to call the tests inappropriate, even when shown one of the more difficult questions on the Discovery math exam.

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