COBBLE HILL, N.Y. (PIX11/AP)— After seeing thousands of students sit out New York's statewide English assessments last week, school districts are set to begin three days of math testing.
New York's 700 districts are required to give the Common Core-aligned tests to students in grades three through eight from Wednesday through Friday. The scores don't count toward student grades, but they are factored into teacher and school rankings.
The tests face criticism from parents who say students are tested too much and teachers who say they stifle creativity and aren't a fair reflection of their teaching skills.
This comes a day after the battle between teacher unions and Gov. Andrew Cuomo turned up a notch following a multimillion dollar television ad campaign ripping the governor's "damaging" education agenda.
The 30-spot titled "History" slams Cuomo for wanting to "pile on high stakes" testing, privatize classrooms and divert money away from public schools by giving huge tax breaks to the wealthy.
Parents fed up with the test--protested with their kids in Prospect Park Tuesday afternoon-- a preview of the drama to comes Tuesday morning.
An activist group that has been tallying opt-out numbers from last week's English tests says 185,000 students refused to take the tests, based on reports from 73 percent of districts.
With so many kids opting this year, the real question is whether it could affect federal funding or school status.
In Albany, policy makers are suggesting it could. But some parenting believe it's just a scare tactic. And they believe in the growing power of parents and kids who are saying no to test.
Critics say too much time is spent on test preps to provide a well-rounded curriculum.
The New York State Department of Education see its differently.
In a letter to school administrators, officials wrote, "state testing is considered an important part of instruction" and "there's no provision allowing parents to opt their children out of state tests."