Amid growing concerns over Common Core State Standards across the nation, there has been little talk about the effects the new standards will have on high school students in New York State, as the NYS Regents become fully aligned with the Common Core and the requirements for graduation and receiving a high school diploma become more tedious, but not necessarily better.
The focus has been largely on the NYS tests in grades 3-8, which have no bearing on a student’s report card, promotion, or graduation. For parents, the choice was simple: They exercised their parental rights and “opted out” of these assessments. Record numbers of parents across the state realize that these assessments consume far too much instructional time. They force a teach-to-the-test mentality and narrow curriculum. And they are a narrow and flawed means of gauging academic performance, not to mention an unfair method of determining teacher effectiveness.
When it comes to the…
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