The amount of students who refused to take state-mandated math assessments this week is similar to the English Language Arts opt-out rates in March, according to local school district officials.
Tuesday marked the first day of the controversial state-mandated testing at public schools across New York and the percentage of students who refused to sit for the exams in the Riverhead school district slightly decreased compared to last year’s total opt-out numbers.
For the past few years, parents and educators have rallied against the state’s latest system of so-called high-stakes testing, which ties teacher evaluations to the controversial Common Core standards. Their principal strategy has been the opt-out movement, under which students refuse to take mandated assessment tests.
In response to the large numbers of students who have opted out of state-mandated testing in previous years, New York State education officials recently compromised by agreeing to hold off until 2020 on tying test results to teacher ratings.
The number of students opting out of state-mandated math assessments this year increased across the board on the North Fork, mirroring a trend seen last week with the required English Language Arts tests.
Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) has confirmed that President Barack Obama signed proposed legislation Thursday that includes his own proposal, dubbed the Zeldin Amendment, which will allow states to opt out of Common Core without sacrificing federal funding.
Proposed legislation to allow school districts to opt out of Common Core without sacrificing federal funding is one step closer to fruition.
Only a portion of students were declared “proficient” in state math and English Language Arts exams this year, and local superintendents say they believe the latest assessment results fail to accurately reflect student performance.