Teacher Union Starts Campaign Against Tests

March 27, 2013 Updated Mar 27, 2013 at 8:11 AM EDT

By WKBW News

March 27, 2013 Updated Mar 27, 2013 at 8:11 AM EDT

Albany, N.Y. (WKBW) - The teacher's union said state testing is causing major anxiety for students. They said it could be used to gauge the new learning standards but not on the effectiveness of teachers and the progress of students. The group has launched a campaign to urge parents to show opposition.

These tests are taken by third through eighth grade students. Union officials said it is not only the students that are affected. The teachers weren't evenly prepared to teach the new "common core" curriculum on which the tests are based.

Parents and teachers did speak out and they said it caused major anxiety, not only for the students, but entire school community.

"Students mother emailed me a few days before the exam out of concern for her child. She stated he was a bundle of nerves and asking questions about the test. I assured her and the child not to worry. Then, he started working on his exam. About six questions in the poor anxious child threw up on his test," one teacher said.

These tests will be taken next month and the union said they would contain this campaign to make changes for the schools. Parents also fear that with this anxiety the students will perform poorly and not show their true potential.