GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (WIVB) - Monday night, school administrators, teachers, and students discussed the subject that has been getting more and more criticism, New York's standardized tests
The Grand Island School Board got a standing ovation after passing a resolution calling on the New York State Education Department to reduce the use of and over reliance on standardized testing.
The state uses the test to measure how students compare from one district to another, but they don't count towards a student's grade. Some may say that teachers have to spend so much time teaching for these tests, that it takes away the focus from teaching everything else.
Tracy Beatty from the Grand Island Teachers Association said, "They are way over-tested, not only by state testing, but then we have to do the local testing. There's not enough time to learn anymore. We are getting them ready for the tests, and then they're testing and the kids are crying."
"There's so much angst with kids that are taking these tests. We're saying 'let's roll back a little bit, look at this and be a little more deliberate in what we're actually going to test the kids on and how we're going to do it," said Grand Island Schools Superintendent, Paul Hashem.
Some local school districts had dozens of students opting out in protest to the standardized testing because their parents allowed them to do so.
It's still too early to know how the schools with a high percentage of students opting out of the test, may affect State funding for those schools.
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