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NYC private schools may drop entrance exam

September 20, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Starting next year, a New York City private school entrance exam for 4- and 5-year-olds may no longer be required.

The group representing the schools announced it will no longer recommend the use of the test.

The head of the Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York says the growth of test preparation had rendered its results meaningless. Patricia Hayot, who also leads the Chapin School, says the schools are still free to continue to use the exam.

The Educational Recrods Bureau, which administers the test, defended it. It says having a uniform assessment was in the best interest of the children and schools.

The association represents 130 private and independent schools.



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