School district considers boycotting state tests

New York State News
New York State News

KENMORE, N.Y. (AP) - A western New York school district may consider boycotting the state's standardized tests in April in opposition to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's education policies.

The proposal is on the agenda of Tuesday's board of education meeting in the Kenmore-Tonawanda district.

Board President Bob Dana's draft proposal would have the board "seriously consider not administering" the grade 3-8 testing unless school funding changes are made.

It also calls for the board to consider eliminating student performance on tests from Ken-Ton teacher evaluations unless lawmakers change the statewide evaluation formula.

Ken-Ton Superintendent Dawn Mirand opposes the ideas because she says they could put the district at risk for sanctions.

The state Education Department says state assessments and their use in teacher evaluations are required by law, and local boards are obligated to comply.

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