New York's largest teachers union says standardized tests students will take next month should be used to gauge New York's progress in rolling out rigorous new learning standards - but not as a measure of teacher effectiveness or against students.
New York State United Teachers tells The Associated Press it's spreading that message in an ad campaign launching Wednesday.
The ads urge parents to oppose using this year's English and math tests for third-through-eighth-graders in teacher evaluations or student placements. NYSUT says Tuesday teachers weren't evenly prepared to teach the new "Common Core" curricula on which the tests are based.
Education Commissioner John King says in a memo to educators it's important for the state to move forward with standards meant to prepare students for college and careers.
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