More Capital Region students opt out of state math tests

While about 20 percent of eligible students opt out of standardized state English Language Arts tests in the Mohonasen Central School District, 61 percent opted out of state math tests.While about 20 percent of eligible students opt out of standardized state English Language Arts tests in the Mohonasen Central School District, 61 percent opted out of state math tests.

BY KATHLEEN MOORE
Gazette Reporter

SCHENECTADY — Even more Capital Region students refused to take the standardized state math test Wednesday, continuing a wave of parent protests against the tests.

Last week, only two Capital Region districts saw at least 40 percent of students opt out of the state English Language Arts test. On Wednesday, the first day of the state math test, six districts reported breaking the 40-percent mark. In the Mohonasen Central School District, 61 percent of students refused to take the test, a 6 percentage point increase over last week.

Almost every district reported an increase in opt-outs, generally about 5 percentage points higher. In some districts, the increase seemed directly attributable to publicity surrounding the ELA opt-outs last week.

In the South Colonie Central School District, many students tried to opt out of the ELA on the second day of the three-day test.

“We said, “You really can’t, either you take it or you get a zero,’ ” said Tim Backus, assistant superintendent for instruction. “And they came back this week and opted out of math.”

In total, 580 students refused to take the test Wednesday. That’s 27 percent of the students, up 5 percentage points from last week.

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