Common Core Testing Begins Today For New York State

commoncorelogoStandardized testing for English Language Arts began today for the nearly 700 school districts throughout New York state with math to follow later this month. The controversial tests are part of the Common Core standards that each student should reach by the end of each grade. Last year, over 60,000 students opted out of English and math tests with a higher number expected this year. Districts in the Lower Hudson Valley are reporting lower than 55% participation from students who are coming to school after testing or just sitting out in cafeterias and gymnasiums. Some officials are calling on the state education department to clarify the consequences of opting out of the Common Core tests as test enrollment dropping under 95% may impact federal funding received by school districts. School officials are encouraging parents to consider the impact opting out can have on school funding though teacher unions and advocacy groups firmly argue that testing unfairly judges teacher efficacy as well as takes valuable class time away for test preparation.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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