N.Y. Students Continue to Opt Out of Common Core Testing

BUFFALO (AP) -

Another round of Common Core testing in New York brought another round of students opting out of the test.

Media reports from around the state indicated that districts again saw significant numbers of students who, with their parents’ permission, refused to take the tests.

Critics, including teachers unions, say students are tested too much and it is unfair to use test results to evaluate teachers. The tests are meant to reflect how well teachers and students are performing under the new Common Core standards, adopted by most states.

The United to Counter activist group said reports from 73 percent of the districts showed 185,000 students opted out of the English assessments. The number of students who opted out of the first day of math testing was being tallied.

Last year, about 49,000 students did not take the English tests and about 67,000 sat out the math tests, according to the state Education Department. About 1.1 million students took each test.

The department said it would release this year’s numbers over the summer after all 700 districts have scored the exams and submitted their data.

Federal law requires states to assess students each year and mandates that 95 percent of students in each school participate or face possible financial sanctions.