Plan Would Let Some 8th-Graders Skip Math Tests

NEW YORK (AP) -

New York State has proposed letting eighth-graders skip the statewide math test if they take the algebra Regents test, a plan that still needs clearance from the U.S. Department of Education. The department has given states until Nov. 22 to request permission to cut back on so-called “double testing.”

The state Education Department will ask the Board of Regents to consider the proposal on Monday.

States are required to test students annually in English and math in grades three through eight. New York students must take five Regents tests to graduate from high school.