State grade 3-8 tests start April 5. Will your kids take them?
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  • Thomas J. - 5 years ago

    My children will not be taking these tests. They do not provide any substantial information, and only cause anxiety and stress. The only way to push change is to force change. Opting out sends a message to the state that the parents are not behind their big data driven destruction of public schools. Common core was developed by corporations, with zero input by actual education professionals. No thanks. My kids mental health and well being is more important than Governments big data interests. Parents will not roll over and allow this to happen. Though, reading some of these comments, it's quite concerning to see the ignorance some people have about their duties and responsibilities as a parent to protect their child from all harm... Including government tests.

  • Upstate Mom - 5 years ago

    My son scores in the high 90s for in-class instruction, repeatedly and consistently showing that he understands grade level material. He is excelling in his Advanced Math class, and is chosen for extra class assignments due to his in-class performance.

    According to his Common Core tests, he is "insufficient for the expectations at this grade" in both math and ELA, having scored a low "2" out of "4", with scale scores and percentile ranks indicating that he needs tutoring, special help, and a "specialized learning plan".

    Needless to say, he will not be wasting any more of his time or emotional energy on standardized tests that in no way reflect his actual understanding of these subjects.

  • Madge Rightly - 5 years ago

    Yes, of course my child will take it. It is just a test, nothing more or less than any other test that we might not like. The test was used to show them where he should be in English and Math. So, for the 2nd year in a row he is in Advanced English, Advanced Math, this year he is also in Advanced Science. He will have 3 credits towards his High School diploma before he even gets into High School. He will also be going to IBM Camp for the 2nd year in a row, something he really enjoyed and got a kick out of attending. And yes, his test scores determined where he would be placed.

    So yes he will be taking these tests just like he will be taking the Regents at the end of the year.

  • frank - 5 years ago

    I cannot wait until all these coddled kids go to work and realize mommy is not going to be there to opt them out of the work project they have to door when they have to take regents

  • BK - 5 years ago

    I respect personal opinions and decisions regarding your children. So respect mine. I've studied Psychology for over 30 years. Vilifying a test equals testing anxiety. Good luck with that. I've known too many people who as adults cannot pass a Licensing (for Social Worker or Psychologist) or score a decent grade on a civil service exam because of test anxiety. That won't be my children.
    They are learning and taking tests on the same curriculum throughout the school year. Do you opt your kids out of these too? No. You are sending the message to your youngsters that "big tests", "state tests" are "BAD!" The result: test anxiety when it comes to big test.

  • Dena - 5 years ago

    My children don't take the test and never will. The results do not help me or the teachers. There are plenty of other tests that give immediate feedback and are useful. I am appalled by the number of tests students take each year.

  • Deborah B. - 5 years ago

    @Kristen: I can assure you... the children refusing the meaningless and destructive grades 3-8 tests will NOT be opting out of any Regents Exam, or any teacher-driven test/quiz/exam, or any exam that is actually meaningful in life... because that is NOT the lesson they are learning here. And I can assure you... if my daughter's school district had the ability to opt out of this exam, and put our hard-earned taxpayer dollars to better use in the classroom, it absolutely positively would. And I bet it wouldn't be the only school district in NYS to do so.

  • Kristen - 5 years ago

    Schools DO receive student test data that can inform instruction. Teachers now have the ability to see how their current students performed before they come into their class in September. They don't just see the test score; they can see how each student performed in each standard. This information can be very useful in identifying areas of strength and weakness. The data is available to each school principal.

    Ultimately though, students need to learn to deal with challenging situations. I think telling a student they can refuse to take a test can backfire as they move into high school and college. Sure, they can 'opt out' of Regents exams, but then they wouldn't graduate. They can choose not to take the ACT or SAT because they are challenging, but then wouldn't get into a good college.

  • Kristen - 5 years ago

    Schools DO receive student test data that can inform instruction. Teachers now have the ability to see how their current students performed before they come into their class in September. They don't just see the test score; they can see how each student performed in each standard. This information can be very useful in identifying areas of strength and weakness. The data is available to each school principal.

    Ultimately though, students need to learn to deal with challenging situations. I think telling a student they can refuse to take a test can backfire as they move into high school and college. Sure, they can 'opt out' of Regents exams, but then they wouldn't graduate. They can choose not to take the ACT or SAT because they are challenging, but then wouldn't get into a good college.

  • Suzanne - 5 years ago

    Mrs. Radicchi- they reveal no important information for your kids in weaknesses or strengths. The results don't come out until your kids will be in the following year classes. What use is after the fact if your child is shown to get a 1,2,3or 4? You'll never know what he or she got right or wrong. How is that useful? What if the questions were All above grade level of what they learned and they got a low score? But you'll never know if the material was what they learned in school or random questions. Parents and teachers will never know. Just a number. Just an arbitrary number.

  • Gina Lloyd - 5 years ago

    I trust our teachers--NOT a test! They are highly trained professionals to whom I entrust the most important aspect of my children's upbringing ... their education!

  • mike pudney - 5 years ago

    NO! There is no reason to take these tests on so many levels!

  • Marisa Gerri - 5 years ago

    My 3rd grader will NOT be taking a test that will count for NOTHING!!! BTW for those that are taking it, why not use the ENTIRE DAY to take the test since it's UNTIMED!! WASTE OF A TEST, WASTE OF A DAY!

  • Cheryl Smith - 5 years ago

    They provide no useful information and yet they drive instruction to be test prep. Just test prep. Don't be duped. No real changes. Our new chancellor said she would opt out her own children.

  • Brenda - 5 years ago

    My daughter and grandson will NOT be taking these inappropriate test. Kids are more than a test score.

  • Sheree Sibilly-Simmons. - 5 years ago

    My daughter will not be taking it.

  • Allison - 5 years ago

    I want my teachers to teach with their styles, own techniques and learning to be fun again. This is completely inappropriate!

  • Lisa Coniglio - 5 years ago

    I am refusing the tests for the third year. Tests serve no purpose other than providing data.

  • Lisa - 5 years ago

    I am a parent of a third grader and a middle school teacher. My child and my students are more than a test score

  • Deborah Torres Henning - 5 years ago

    http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/opinion/valley-views/2016/03/26/refusing-tests-force-education-system-make-necessary-changes/81827128/

  • Rose King - 5 years ago

    My 3 Grand daughters will NOT be taking it!

  • Jennifer forrester - 5 years ago

    No!!

  • Heather Bugalla - 5 years ago

    The tests offer nothing useful. They take a huge amount of time away from teaching. This snapshot cannot tell my child's teacher anything other than how well my child performs on a standardized test.

  • Scott Walters - 5 years ago

    Untimed tests that do not count and cannot be used for assessment???? Really?????

  • Nancy Badger - 5 years ago

    Normal tests given by teachers track a students strengths and weaknesses. These tests cannot be reviewed by the teacher or student afterward. How is a number 1,2,3 or 4 useful to anyone?

  • Anne - 5 years ago

    http://annelavalle.com/wpb/2016/02/02/why-you-can-and-should-opt-out-of-the-common-core-tests/

  • Larissa - 5 years ago

    Nothing has changed and nothing will change until common core is buried in the bowels of the earth where it belongs.

  • Giada Radicchi - 5 years ago

    Although I'm not a fan of these exams, my kids take them b/c they provide some useful information. Like the areas of academics that they have strengths & weaknesses in.

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