Slight rise in state tests scores based on Common Core

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) -- The New York State Department of Education released the 2014 test assessments based on the Common Core Thursday, showing a slight increase from last year's low scores that caused an uproar.

Gov. Cuomo signs bill allowing Utica school district to enforce mandatory kindergarten

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) -- If you live in the city of Utica plan on strapping a backpack on your five year old this fall. Gov. Cuomo signed a bill Wednesday giving the school district legal grounds to enforce mandatory kindergarten.

Lawmakers pass bill protecting teachers from high-stakes test scores

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) -- Teachers say they weren't given enough time to roll out the Common Core curriculum and many grew anxious knowing if their students scored poorly on the state assessments, they themselves would face consequences.

Deeper cuts for Utica Schools if sequester goes into effect

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Potential staff cuts for next year were a topic at the Utica School Board meeting Tuesday night, with the possibility of the looming sequester making cuts even more drastic.