By Brooklyn Reader

March 19, 2015, 5:59 am

 
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Common Core testing

In the five years since the introduction of Common Core standardized testing, a growing number of parents and teachers in the state have expressed concern around over-testing of children. So on Wednesday, members of state legislature introduced a bill that may give parents a chance to opt their children out, Gannett Albany reports.

More specifically, the bill– the “Common Core Parental Refusal Act”– is a joint effort between Assembly and Senate Republicans which will ensure that school districts properly notify parents of their right to opt out.

Last year, about 60,000 parents opted their children out of the state’s Common Core tests.  The bill would require school districts to notify the parents of students in grades 3 through 8 either by mail, written email or a letter sent home with the child that the student may refuse to participate in all state testing provided by testing giant Pearson Inc. or any other state testing based on Common Core standards.

However, High Achievement New York, a coalition of education, civic and business groups in support of Common Core standards in the state, plan to push back. Steve Sigmund, the executive director of High Achievement, argues that the tests take less than 1 percent of total class time and are an invaluable tool in helping identify and correct problems early.

“The opt-out bill proposed in Albany would be an unfunded mandate that places a top down burden on local school districts, which is exactly what critics falsely accuse the Common Core of,” Sigmund said.

Still, State Sen. Terrence Murphy, of Westchester County, who is sponsoring the bill, said at a news conference said, “As a legislator, I will do everything in my power to try to make sure that we bring education and the right education back to New York and, to be quite honest with you, bring some common sense approach back to New York and the education department.”


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  1. MARK TRAINA

    COMMON CORE: TEACHES KIDS about “WHITE PRIVILEGE”, to only VOTE for DEMOCRATS and to feel ASHAMED of being WHITE!

    Today, in colleges and high schools around the country, teachers are being encouraged to share the concept of “WHITE PRIVILEGE” with our Children. White privilege is all of the unseen and unnoticed benefits that come along with having white skin, you see. If you’re white, you just naturally have an easy life. You aren’t bullied, you get good grades, you don’t have to worry about being arrested, and you can cruise through life without ever once being the victim of a “micro-aggression.”

    This is all well and good, but what are we getting out of the adoption of this philosophy? It seems that what we’re really saying is that it doesn’t matter what you do with your life, you don’t stand a chance if you aren’t white. So if you’re black, don’t worry about working hard or making the right choices. Don’t worry about trying to improve yourself. You’re stuck. The white man is never going to let you succeed. You may as well give up now. There, there, you can always turn to the helping hand of government. Remember to vote Democrat!

    Hard work has turned many a life around. But no one wants to talk about it anymore. We just want to rage about the unfairness of the system. Well, guess what? There are all kinds of “privilege.” We may all be equal in the eyes of God, but none of us are born with the exact same set of advantages. Some are born rich. Some are born to a loving, two-parent household. Some are born to parents who have built up a business they are going to pass down when their children get old enough.

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