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Some parents opt out of state tests
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When asked by reporters for comment on the opt-out movement, Governor Andrew Cuomo said, “I’ve heard both sides of the argument. I understand the controversy. The state education department is the entity that is in charge. It’s not my place to side with the students who are opting out… Has there ever been a student who says, I love tests? I hated tests, but it’s the nature of the beast. I understand that there are parents who feel that we are testing too much, but that’s part of the process.”


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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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