Common Core testing looms in New York

- Common Core testing is an issue that effects every child in New York State between grades 3 and 8. The curriculum is already built into what youngsters are learning in the classroom. The tests, for parents who don't opt out, start next week.

New York is among 46 states that adopted Common Core in part because the government gave millions to those who went with the plan. It came with a few goals. One of them was to help close the achievement gap.

Nate Morgan is an elementary art teacher and president of the Hastings Teacher Association. He helped lead a discussion at Grady Elementary School in Westchester County.

There's misinformation, there's fear, and real concern for parents that this standardized test will have long-lasting implications on their school -- even beyond.

But there are supporters. John Ravitz says business leaders want better-prepared job candidates and Common Core addresses that need.

20 percent of New York State students opted out of standardized tests in 2015: more than 200,000 3rd through 8th graders. Some expect those numbers to grow this time around.
 

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