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Tell Us: Is Your Child Opting Out of State Tests?

Tuesday begins the first day of state testing for New York public school students in grades 3-8.  

On Long Island some families – though there is no official number of exactly how many – are choosing to opt out of this year's tests. Momentum against what's called "high stakes testing" appears to picking up. Saturday, March 29, for instance, saw an "iRefuse – The Great American Opt Out Rally" at Comsewogue High School in Port Jefferson Station that drew hundreds of supporters. 

Others, however, feel testing is no big deal, or find that their kids want to take the test. 

What have you decided in your family and why? Tell us in the comments. 

Lorraine DeVita April 06, 2014 at 01:37 PM
the teachers I am speaking about were never CRUEL - Cruelty does not belong in education. cruelty never belongs anywhere. . I remember two of one of my oldest child teachers One was warm, fuzzy and huggy and happy ..lovely woman .. She taught 1st and then moved to 2 nd grade ALL the parents wanted her because she was soo nice .. My kid learned NOTHING - The 4th grade teacher an ex nun was a take no prisoners I could care less how deep your dimple are, you are here to learn. and your smiles and tears don't move me.. excellence moves me.. GUES WHAT .. My child EXCELLED in that. she wasn't happy but she excelled .. to this day she still remembers fondly that first teacher and hates the second teacher.. lol.. I also remember both and am VERY thankful for the second teacher.. who worked so hard to insure all her students were where they needed to be, they were prepared when they moved on to the next grade.
Lorraine DeVita April 06, 2014 at 01:40 PM
And it was BECASUE of the warm fuzzy teacher that we spent hundreds of dollars monthly for tutors. I would send her a belated bill if she is still around..
yeahitzme April 06, 2014 at 02:18 PM
We all agree what a vital impact teachers have on their students and all of our children...who surely are the future of society. We all want what is best for all and there is no one exact road or method to get there...adapting and being flexible depending on any situation is a skill that that garners best results...finding what works and building upon that will most likely have positive results. And yes...mushy is definately not the desired method of instruction and yes...those tutoring bills can add up quite fast with the going rate...Unfortunately...my child had one of those no nonsense teachers and that was the subject I was paying those tutors for...A child that shuts down...can't learn...that approach did not work for them. I am sure there is a comfortable middle ground where both firm and supportive instruction can coexist successfully for both teacher and student. I think it comes down to a respect from and for the teacher! We all know it only takes a short moment to tear something down that may have taken years to build up....Teaching is not easy in any regard...but the rewards are great...as Marion accidentally found out on Facebook when feedback from long past students confirmed...she had gotten things "right" in her instruction along the way... Great effort from all involved is required to achieve success in most cases..albeit that natural prodigy genius that is very rare to come by! May we ALL be successful...and joyful...whichever road we choose!
Lorraine DeVita April 06, 2014 at 05:52 PM
Excellent points! Going too far in either direction has consequences...mostly negative. Respect to me must be earned or at the very least in some cases retained , title or position, alphabet soup before or after a name , does not automatically grant respect. The PERSON earns the respect ...... ie- .the OFFICE of the president deserves respect despite WHO is sitting in the chair, the Person who is IN the job needs to earn the respect OF the title.
Andreea D April 24, 2014 at 08:36 PM
No, they are not opting out. The Common Core Standards for 4th and 3rd grade are pretty reasonable. Last year my first child got high 4s for both of them, and they will do well probably this year both of them.

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