Fighting for Test Reform

April 8, 2013 Updated Apr 8, 2013 at 7:33 AM EDT

By WKBW News

April 8, 2013 Updated Apr 8, 2013 at 7:33 AM EDT

Albany, N.Y. (WKBW) - A school board near Albany will vote on a resolution asking the state to stop relying so much on these tests. If passed, it will join a growing list of groups protesting these exams.

The main concern are the tests given to students 3rd to 8th grades. Many educators argue they do more harm than good by putting too much pressure on the children. So far, parents in the Buffalo Public Schools support the tests but said there needs to be reform, especially in schools like Buffalo where there are many immigrant students.

"It makes more sense for us to say as rational adults. Here's our concerns: Can you factor those concerns of give us a reason why you would test a person for less than a year that same way you'd test someone who's here there whole life? If we can use that approach it leaves us not having to do something like opt out of a test," Buffalo Parent Samuel Radford said.

At this point, the state is not backing down. Test scores will be used to determine how much a student learned over the past year and whether or not their teacher is "effective".

The movement against the tests has become so intense that the state will be sending out a legal guide to school districts this week. It will tell administrators and school board members how to respond to the growing number of parents who want to opt their children out of the testing.

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