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Students Opting Out of Common Core Are Having A Serious Effect in New York

For those under the impression that opting out of Common Core testing couldn’t possibly have an effect, think again.  New York has seen a rise in the number of parents opting their children out of Common Core testing from last year to the present.  Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino announced that he had opted his children out a couple of months ago.

A new report shows, opting out of Common Core is causing some serious headaches for school leaders and Core supporters here in New York state.

Via EAG News:

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and his pro-Common Core cohorts have a serious problem on their hands in New York where a growing number of parents are opting their children out of Common Core-aligned standardized testing.

So many students are opting out of the tests that some school districts are seeing their assessment participation rate drop below 95 percent as required under the federal government’s No Child Left Behind law. A low participation rate in back-to-back years causes the federal government to classify a district as not making “adequate yearly progress.” That status would force local school leaders to create an “improvement plan” and could lead to the loss of federal grants, reports

In other words, the federal government will attempt to cause bureaucratic headaches and financial problems for uncooperative school districts.

Schools such as Westhill Central School District and Central Square School District saw a 91% and 88% participation rate respectively.  These districts will likely have to come up with those “improvement plans.”  Worse, as Central Square superintendent Joseph Menard says, “We’re concerned if this will have any impact on the federal grant money we receive.”

Parents complaining and students staying home might not have a direct impact, but those actions leading to a loss of funds for school districts will most assuredly get the attention of administrators.

The rate of students opting out of Common Core testing has risen since last year in many school districts.  One example of this would be the Red Hook School District, where 7% of students opted out last year, while 10% opted out this year.  With most school districts sending out letters explaining the ramifications of opting out of Common Core testing, one can reasonably assume that parents felt such strong opposition to the program that they were still willing to keep their kids home during testing.

EAG News writes:  “The elites who foisted Common Core unto K-12 schools in 44 states never expected the parent-led pushback they’re getting in New York.”

What remains to be seen is how legislators respond to this debacle.  Will they propose legislation to rein in Common Core standards?  Or will they punish parents or students who insist on opting out of Common Core?

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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