There’s a lot of misinformation out there, as school district officials attempt to convince parents to have their children take the tests. NYSUT fully supports a parent’s right to choose what is best for their children. Get the facts on federal testing requirements and potential consequences of opting out for districts, educators and students.
NYSUT fully supports parents’ right to choose what is best for their children — including NYSUT members who decide as parents to opt their children out of state tests. Here’s a fact sheet on what educators need to know about opting out, including important information about conversations with parents and students.
NOBODY benefits from these tests as they're currently configured. Parents, teachers, students: We're all in this together and we regularly hear horror stories about these tests.
“Half of my sixth-grade students worked for 3–6 hours during the second day of testing. No child should have to test for this amount of time.”
"Some students took the entire school day to finish. That is unacceptable. Students taking Regents exams don’t spend that long, with good reason."
"I had to dry tears, and honestly lie to them that everything would be ok. It wasn’t ok. They all worked from 9 am until 2:15. Some were not even done then."
“Stop this incessant need to test and assess constantly. Let the teachers teach. Let learning be fun again.”
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