Thousands of New York parents are refusing to have their children take the statewide English assessments being given this week.
They’re protesting state education policy that they say puts too much emphasis on testing and interferes with learning.
Results of the three-day assessments don’t count toward student averages, but they do factor into teacher and school evaluations.
Carl Korn with New York State United Teachers says they’re supporting parents in any decision they make.
“NYSUT neither discourages or encourages the opt out movement,” Korn said. “However, when a parent makes a decision in the best interests of their child, teachers are going to support that decision.”
Groups compiling numbers from around the state estimate that more than 25,000 of the more than 1 million third through eighth graders in the testing pool are skipping this week’s tests.