Opting Out

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Despite changes to the New York State Assessments, some parents said they will still have their child 'opt out'. Public school students in grades 3rd through 8th will be taking the English Language Arts exams Tuesday. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley takes a look at both sides in this opt out battle. 

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New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia visited West Hertel Academy in Buffalo Thursday morning. Elia is traveling to school districts to explaining changes to state assessments, encourages students and parents not to opt out.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley followed Elia during her stop at West Hertel Academy.

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New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia insists the state needs high standards for students. Elia is touring some Western New York schools today meeting with parents and teachers to explain changes to assessments.

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The New York State Education Department released results Wednesday from the April 2015 math and English Language Arts assessments for grades 3-8. But ahead of the release, the Buffalo Public School District gave an indication about its results.

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Many parents and students are standing up against state assessments. Thousands of students in grades 3rd through 8th are expect to opt out of standardized testing statewide today.  But WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says one school leader is urging parents to make sure their children take the tests.

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Parents and students want to send a strong message to New York State by opting out of assessments. On Tuesday students in grades three through eight will be administered the English Language Arts exam. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley talked to local parents about allowing their child to opt out.


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Third through eighth graders are scheduled to take the English Language Arts next week. Last year 60,000 students opted out across the state, refusing to take the Common Core standardized tests. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the latest Brookings Institution study finds opting out would most likely be "inconsequential."


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Support for opting out of standardized testing is mounting. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says while the State Education Department and Cuomo Administration warn against it, others are urging parents to have their children opt out.


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Thousands of parents in New York opted to pull their children from Common Core standardized testing last week. 

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Controversy is rising this week as some students opt out of the English Language Arts Assessment tests for third through 8th graders.  As part of our Focus on Education reporting, WBFO'S senior reporter Eileen Buckley explains why parents are so fired up over this issue.