Local Educators Hope Albany Rally Changes State Mandated Testing

June 9, 2013 Updated Jun 9, 2013 at 6:57 PM EDT

By Hilary Lane

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June 9, 2013 Updated Jun 9, 2013 at 6:57 PM EDT

EAST AURORA, N.Y. (WKBW)- East Aurora High School teacher Larry Grisanti along with more than a thousand other parents, teachers, and students from Western New York took to the streets of Albany Saturday, hoping to make a change when it comes to standardized testing.

"We filled that Plaza in Albany with one united voice in saying leave the education to the people that know how to educate," said Grisanti.

Protestors are hoping their efforts will transform a bill, called "The Stop Unnecessary Testing Act" into a law by June 20th, the end of this legislative session.

The bill would call for the commissioning of a study to review the costs, benefits, and implications associated with the tests.

"We are testing students on information they haven't even been taught yet," said Grisanti. "We are testing students at the end of the year and that is days and days and hours of testing that is taking away from actual learning time."

State Senator Timothy Kennedy says he understands reform is needed. That is why he is co-sponsoring the bill to decrease the number of stae mandated tests.

"At the same time while they are slashing budgets and teachers are getting laid off, and they are increasing the amount of testing and the amount of money they are spending on testing," said Grisanti.

Proponents of standardized testing say its an important tool to measure the performance of both students and teachers and is necessary to ensure youngsters are career ready.

Eyewitness News reached out to The New York State Department of Education, however, it is unavailable for comment at this time.