In New York state this past spring, some 20 percent of students refused to take the 2015 state-mandated Common Core standardized tests in math and English language arts, highlighting the growth of a high-stakes testing “opt out” movement around the country. That amounts to more than 200,000 students from grades 3 through 8, with some districts reporting more opt-outs than students sitting for the test. click here for full article: Via The Washington Post
By KATE TAYLORAUG. 20, 2015
School districts will not be penalized for having large numbers of students refuse to sit for the New York State standardized tests this year, education officials said on Thursday, ending months of uncertainty over how they would respond to a growing antitesting movement. Via The New York Times
By KESHIA CLUKEY 3:25 p.m. | Aug. 12, 2015
ALBANY— Individual schools could lose funding if large numbers of students opt out of state standardized tests in April, state education commissioner MaryEllen Elia said on Wednesday.
Of the 1.1 million students eligible to take state exams in math and English language arts exams this year, nearly 20 percent, or 200,000 students, opted out.
The state Education Department is in conversations with the U.S. Department of Education working on a plan regarding possible sanctions for districts with high opt-out rates, Elia said. for full article click: Via Politico New York
Ronda Matthews, a 5th grade teacher in NY, talks about the effects of high stakes standardized testing on her students, her school and her own daughter.