Controversial Common Core standardized testing underway in New York state

Some opponents of the education standards are choosing to opt their children out of the exams. (4/1/14)

THE BRONX - As Common Core testing gets underway for students in New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo shared some news about the standardized exams that may have some parents feeling relieved.

As part of the state budget passed Monday night, scores on Common Core aligned tests for students from third to eighth grade would remain off their transcripts through 2018. Also, school districts would be prevented from using the scores as the sole way for determining student placement.

Students are undergoing statewide English Language Arts and Literacy assessments through Thursday, but many parents and critics think that testing is the wrong answer, even forcing some opponents to opt out completely.

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Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is making the standardized exams a part of the governor's race. The Republican hopeful announced that his own children would not be taking what he calls one of the most untested education experiments in U.S. history.

The New York State Allies for Public Education is among the groups who have posted letters for parents to download if they want to opt their children out of the tests in protest.

This week is just the first round of testing. Students will take the statewide math assessments starting April 30.

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