Parents Protest State Testing

April 3, 2014 Updated Apr 3, 2014 at 6:46 PM EDT

By Hannah Buehler

April 3, 2014 Updated Apr 3, 2014 at 6:46 PM EDT

KENMORE, NY (WKBW) Parents in many Western New York School Districts are allowing their children to opt-out of this week’s New York State Testing.

It’s all revolving around the controversial Common Core State Learning Standards. Parents are petitioning together, allowing their children to refuse to take the test.

“There’s no negative consequences to my kids,” said Chris Cavarello, a Kenmore school district parent. “The tests aren’t used in any way in terms of their grades. They’re not used for any advanced programs they could get into.”

According to the group Western New Yorkers for Public Education, almost 5,000 students in this area have refused to take the English Language Arts test this week. The state thinks opting-out is sending a bad message to the students.

“I think it's the wrong message to say if something seems too hard, forget about it you can pass on it because life isn't easy,” said Bob Bennett, New York State Board of Regents. “There are going to be a ton of tests that aren't done in the classroom.”

Each test question is based on the Common Core State Learning Standards, which were implemented in New York State in 2010. Parents expressing displeasure, like Cavarello are hoping to stick together and send a strong message to the state.

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