Nov 19, 2013 — A new Siena College poll finds over half of New Yorkers think school children are taking too many tests. They're also uneasy about new standards known as the Common Core. Go to full article
Saranac Lake middle school students take the state standardized English language arts test in April 2012. Photo: Chris Knight, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Nov 15, 2013 — A coalition of unions and government reform groups are calling for a ban on standardized testing for New York's schoolchildren in second grade and younger.
In a teleconference, United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew said it's "absurd" that the groups are even in the position of calling for a ban on standardized testing for children in pre-kindergarten through the second grade. Mulgrew and others say that the tests are inappropriate for four to seven-year-olds, and should never have been implemented in the first place. Go to full article
A moderator asks all the parents in the audience to raise their hands. Photo: Sarah Harris
Apr 15, 2013 — 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. Go to full article