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Teacher's Want Ban on Standardized Testing

Teacher's unions in New York state are calling on the governor and the state senate for a ban on standardized testing of pre-kindergarten through second grade students.

State Education Commissioner John King announced his support of the ban Thursday.

Standardized testing for the age group is not required by law but some school districts use it for teacher evaluations.

Unions say the tests are overwhelming and cause the young students anxiety.

"These are such important years for these kids. They're developing their cognitive skills, their social skills. It's a very hands on time. We're labeling these kids when they're seven years old and younger," Catherine Klein, NYSUT Regional Staff Director, said.

Klein says the testing has become more difficult in the past year because of higher state standards. The unions are calling on the districts to create new ways to evaluate the teachers.



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