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Why Test NYC Kindergartners?

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Why Test NYC Kindergartners?

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Why Test NYC Kindergartners?

Why Test NYC Kindergartners?

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The New York City Department of Education has unveiled a new plan that would ask public schools to test kindergartners. The Department of Education says the program would simply provide new options for teachers to assess their students. Some parents worry that even kindergarten will end up being a place where test prep dominates, however. We examine why New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is embracing testing at a time when it's largely unpopular nationwide.