Brooklyn parents opt kids out of English Language Arts assessments over Common Core standards

Parents say the tests stifle creativity and take

Parents say the tests stifle creativity and take away from real learning.

BROOKLYN - Some Brooklyn parents are opting their kids out of taking the statewide English Language Arts Assessments over Common Core learning standards.

Parents representing Brooklyn public schools from Brownsville to Fort Greene and Carroll Gardens gathered at a playground in Carroll Gardens Tuesday to announce their grassroots opt-out campaign. They describe it as a national movement in which parents are rejecting high stakes tests.

Parents say the tests stifle creativity and take away from real learning. They also feel the test is unfair to English language learners and special needs students.

They claim for the first time in Brooklyn, at least three public schools will have more students sitting out exams than taking them.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that under the new state budget, Common Core-aligned test scores will not be permanent on transcripts for students from third through eighth grade until 2018.


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