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Some parents opt out of state tests
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In Malverne, there were two opt-outs, one at the middle school and another in an elementary school.

Island Park officials declined to numerate the opt-out in the district, but said in a statement that both the board of education and district administrators “believe that there are too many tests these days, especially those related to the new student learning objectives.”

In Rockville Centre, however, where the district’s superintendent, Dr. William Johnson, supported the activists who were calling for parents to opt-out, more than 300 students declined to take the test.

In each district, students were made to sit at their desks in the testing room and accept the test booklet. They were not allowed to leave until the test time was completed, nor were they allowed to go to an alternative site where they could read quietly or do other actives during the test time.

Students who did not show up for the test were marked absent and will be issued a make-up test at a later date.

Those who sat for the test and who then refused to take it will be marked” not tested,” state officials said.

Billy Easton, the executive director of The Alliance for Quality Education, a state advocacy group said, “It is not difficult to understand why growing numbers of parents around the country are choosing to have their children opt out of testing. Too often our state and national policy makers have confused testing with teaching. “ Janet Deutermann, a parent in Rockville Centre, who started the Facebook page that generated support of the opt-out, said, “Parents are finally educating themselves on the state of our educational system and we are horrified by what we have found. Excessive testing on educationally inappropriate material, an experimental core curriculum which eliminates inspired and creative learning, selling of our children’s data without our consent and a system that vilifies the only component of education that puts our children first: our teachers.”


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Testing is not learning. I learned this when I was in high school many years ago and regents time came around. I'd have to purchase a Barron's Regents Review Book for every subject and that became the "text" for the two months prior to the test. The new curriculum was to take past tests for practice... and if the teacher didn't think a topic would be on the regents test, we weren't taught it. Maybe the kids could benefit from taking away those days devoted to testing, and turn them over to instruction instead.

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