Over the past two years, N.Y. State education has gone through a tremendous amount of change. There was the adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), new CCSS high stakes tests, and teacher and administrator evaluation (APPR) tied to high stakes tests. Unfortunately, the new CCSS tests came at a time when teachers lacked resources and had not taught the Common Core for a full year.
The test themselves have had a flurry of issues. We all remember the Pineapple question from last year or the fact that special education students who couldn't even read the tests in the first place were given double-time to complete them. That's roughly 3 hours a day.