Teacher observations and grades with writing samples are now prime criteria for evaluating students as the role of tests is reduced in promoting students in the largest school system in the United States. 

Breaking from the policies of former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the New York City Education Department reduced the role of standardized exams in deciding which students should be held back.

Students in grades three through eight will be judged on writing samples, class projects, and overal grades.  Test scores will also be considered when deciding who will move to the next grade level, but they will not be a major factor in the new promotion policy as they were during the Bloomberg administration.

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Role of Tests is Reduced in Promoting Students

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