Let the testing wars begin (or continue). With New York City students set to take standardized exams in the coming weeks, the battle over testing is rearing its head again in the news, and online forums. The tests are part of the requirements of the Common Core standards. New York state has set a tougher set of standardized exams for its students in conjunction with the Common Core. This has essentially made New York the battleground for the testing wars.
However, some parents are not happy with the exams and want their students to opt out of the students. However, opting out is proving more difficult due to a variety of reasons. The exams are part of the admissions process for middle and high school enrollment, especially for gifted and special public schools. Both sides of the divide, especially parents and teacher groups, are pressing through with their fight to opt-out of the impending tests.