Amid the controversy over Common Core-aligned tests for public school students, one thing is clear: the opt-out movement is growing.
As thousands of public school students prepare to take standardized tests Tuesday, many parents have decided to have their children “opt out” of the exams.
Mahopac Superintendent of Schools Brian Monahan said he’s walking a fine line between following the state’s rules and respecting the concerns of parents.
Meanwhile, some superintendents have warned that if too many students opt out, districts will lose state funding.
The New Jersey Education Department says it will do a review to make sure that students’ privacy is not compromised by Pearson, the standardized testing firm monitoring social media.
A spokesperson for the testing company, Pearson, confirmed to The Washington Post that it will alert states when it finds test questions being posted publicly to the Internet, saying security maintains fairness for students as well as the integrity of the results.
Outraged parents around New York state voiced their discontent with the state’s Common Core standardized testing program Tuesday.
New York’s largest teachers union accused Cuomo of reneging on an agreement that he announced in June.
Nine out of 10 New York City school teachers were rated effective or highly effective in the first year of state-mandated evaluations.
While many in education and STEM fields embrace the new Common Core standards, many strongly oppose them. Some hold the belief that the Common Core will lead to a national curriculum, others believe the standards are weaker than what states have already implemented.
American students are falling behind students in other countries on international assessments of math and science. Statistics such as these are driving the call for education reforms to strengthen science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the country’s schools.
Nearly a decade ago U.S. Congress, warned that America will fall behind in the global economy if its education system doesn’t produce more workers with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills.
Connecticut’s Education Commissioner is stepping down and Gov. Malloy has chosen Stefan Pryor as the new education commissioner.
State education officials on Thursday released results of English and math tests given to students in grades 3 through 8 in April.
The union says Thursday it won’t endorse Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, his liberal primary challenger Zephyr Teachout, Green Party hopeful Howie Hawkins or Republican Rob Astorino.