Standardized Tests Begin Tuesday
4/15/2013 (Updated 11:18:19 PM)Begining on Tuesday, students in grades three through eight throughout the area will start taking a series of standardized tests focusing on English, language arts and math.
Officials actually expect test scores to drop from previous years because this year's tests will be more rigorous. Some parents throughout the state have threatened to keep their kids from taking the tests--but the state has stressed opting out of the test is not an option and Broome-Tioga BOCES Superintendent Allen Bbuyck says if districts fall below 95 percent participation it could affect some funding from the state.
The state sees the test as an important tool to help teachers see where students need extra support.
"So we're expecting that the results will go down. The one thing that parents and the schools shouldn't interpret from that is that their child is any poorer than they were before or that the teacher had an issue and there's a problem with the teacher's performance," said Buyck.
Buyck says this area has seen a minimal number of requests by parents to have their children opt out of the tests, unlike other areas of the state.
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