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Standardized testing starts in schools Tuesday

Posted at 11:22 PM, Mar 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-28 12:25:07-04

Tuesday kicks off standardized testing in New York public schools. Third through eighth graders will be tested in English Language Arts.

Despite the state making changes to the tests, some parents say they will not have their children take them.

One parent from West Seneca says students are already tested enough.

“It's crazy. It just gave her really undue anxiety that she really didn't need. There is enough going on with regular tests in schools,” said Laura Taylor, who has one daughter in school in West Seneca.

The West Seneca school district had one of the highest opt out rates in western New York for the 2016 tests. Another mother, is uncertain what she'll do with her kids.

“I have three kids that can take the exam. I have one in 4th grade, one in 5th grade and one in 6th grade,” said Ann Marie Reidy.

For years, Reidy chose to opt out.

“Always opted out. Had signs across my lawn, across my window. I live next to a school in West Seneca, so it was pretty important for teachers to see how I felt about it,” said Reidy.

The tests have changed. Teachers aren't evaluated by them, but Reidy still doesn't know if her children will take this year's test.

“I'm still on the fence,” added Reidy.