More than 70,000 students in school districts across Long Island have “opted out” of taking the first round of this year’s controversial Common Core standardized tests, according to education advocates monitoring the numbers of those refusing the exams—and those figures expected to rise.
The heated battle pitting the governor, the teachers unions, and grassroots public school advocacy groups came to a head during this spring’s testing season, culminating in almost 100,000 students—more than half of the student population in Nassau and Suffolk counties—opting out of state tests.
Ten LI school districts have suffered from chronic fiscal stress.
“I'm running to raise up the voices of people who are shut out—and that includes the voices of parents and teachers.”
Preliminary unofficial figures suggest more than double the 30,000 LI students who opted out last year refused the latest round of Common Core exams.
"It’s a remarkable and unusual movement, grounded in three powerful motives: parents’ fierce protectiveness of their children, teachers’ drive to protect the classroom from a culture of fear and senseless unusable tests, and the public desire to protect our democracy."
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