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NYS parents rally against new, tougher standardized tests

New York public school students in grades three through eight start taking standardized tests Tuesday. But some parents in Saranac Lake, Plattsburgh and elsewhere are rallying against the tests.

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The tests this year have been redesigned, and are tougher. The New York Times reports that some of the material isn't being taught in schools yet. New York is moving toward the new Common Core Standards. Nearly all states are adopting the unified academic guidelines, partly because they receive federal funding for doing so.

According to the Times, the standards are so new that many New York schools haven't adopted reading material, lesson plans and exercises to teach them. The textbook industry has not completely caught up either.

Students have spent the past couple of months cramming for the tests. Some school officials and parents don't like it. The Saranac Lake School Board has asked the state to reduce standardized testing.

The Plattsburgh Press Republican reports that some parents in the Plattsburgh City School District are speaking out against the exams. Parents of 25 Saranac Lake students are going further, and opting out of the tests.

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