NY state math tests fall during Ramadan, a fasting period, upsetting Muslim families
For observant Muslims, the holy month of Ramadan is filled with fasting, prayer, and community. This year’s holiday overlapped with the state math tests administered to New York’s third- through eighth-graders from April 26-28, upsetting some families whose children are fasting from before sunrise to sunset.
They don’t want to see a repeat next year, when the state testing period will again likely fall during Ramadan.
At least one Queens principal told her Muslim students they could take makeup tests after several of them became “quite concerned about having to take exams at this time,” recounted state Rep. Zohran Mamdani of Astoria. But Mamdani is incensed that it falls on individual school leaders to figure out how best to support their students who are fasting.
“This should be a clear part of state policy to ensure these exams do not overlap with Ramadan,” said Mamdani, who migrated to New York from Uganda when he was 7 and is only the third Muslim elected to the state Assembly.
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