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theschoolboards
07-22-2011, 07:30 AM
From N.Y. Daily News (http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/education/2011/07/22/2011-07-22_arts_tests_for_kids_draws_criticism.html) by Rachel Monahan:
The City Department of Education wants to judge how well students can cut a rug, paint a picture and belt out a tune.

Even as they face budget cuts, Education Department officials plan to start administering tests for dance, music, theater and the visual arts.

The program, which will start at 80 schools next October, will measure whether fifth- and eighth-graders as well as high school students receive a quality education in the arts.

The move sparked alarm from some parents who are concerned that students already take a full battery of exams in academic subjects.

"I don't think children should have to take a test on anything related to the arts that deals with how to express themselves," said Katrine Crocker, mother of eighth-grader Kiany, who attends Brooklyn's Public School 308, which was forced to cut its music and arts classes.

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