04/23/15 3:41pm
04/23/2015 3:41 PM

About 34.8 percent of students in the Riverhead School District that were expected to take state-mandated math assessments Wednesday declined to sit for the exams, the News-Review has confirmed.

Superintendent Nancy Carney said 812 students out of 2,332 did not take math assessments, which are in progress through Friday.

[Related story: Did more outspoken leadership play a role in ‘opt out’ results?]

“We have about 100 students who are taking the regents (advanced math) in 8th grade instead of the 8th grade assessment,” Ms. Carney wrote in an email.

In 2014, about 15 percent of the district’s students didn’t take the math assessments. Last week, 26 percent of the district’s third through eight graders declined to take the English Language Arts assessments.

Correction: The story has been updated to reflect Nancy Carney’s email to the News-Review about eighth-grade math assessments. The News-Review regrets the error.

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04/21/15 12:00pm

A mere four years ago, and for decades prior, one could not find any substantial evidence of students opting-out of standardized testing. At first glance, the current, heated, conflict over state testing and the “opt-out” movement appears to be a dispute between those who believe in and those who dispute the value of state tests. But this conflict goes deeper. It is a conflict about what is good for children and adolescents, about how children learn and thrive, and about how to raise young people to enter into and contribute to their communities as mature members of a democratic society.  (more…)