As students across the state in grades 3-8 have taken the New York State ELA exam this week, the buzz around the Common Core has really focused on testing and assessments.
The stakes around the exams are high, and for some higher than they need to be. Just as anything in regard to the Common Core, many misunderstandings have come about that are specific to the tests our children are taking. These misunderstandings have fueled an ever-growing opt-out movement, where parents are telling their children to refuse to take the test. It has reached a point where districts have had to put plans into place for those students refusing to test.
In an effort to help remedy those misunderstandings, below are a few commonly asked questions around the New York State assessments answered, taken in part from this NYSED fact sheet.