Parents, teachers take a stand against standardized tests

The state's Common Core standards continue to plague students and their parents in New York. This year, one in five of New York City students

The state's Common Core standards continue to plague students and their parents in New York.

The state's Common Core standards continue to plague students and their parents in New York. (10/29/15)

HUDSON VALLEY - The state's Common Core standards continue to plague students and their parents in New York.

This year, one in five of New York City students in grades three to eight opted out of standardized testing.

To find a solution to the issue, members of a task force began the first of 12 public meetings Thursday.

Jamaal Bowman, the founding principal of Cornerstone Academy for Social Action, is one of five educators who presented their findings at the college of New Rochelle in front of the task force panel appointed by Gov. Cuomo.

Bowman proposed that teachers create the state assessments, which help education officials identify underperforming schools.

Another issue plaguing students is that teachers are uncertain about what topics will be covered on the exams, they say. As a result, kids may perform poorly. Special needs children are also at additional risk.

Parents agree with Bowman, claiming Common Core doesn't work because kids develop differently at different times.

Task force member Carol Conklin-Spillane is the principal of Sleepy Hollow High School. She says the panel is dedicated to addressing parent and student concerns.

Task Force members are aiming to have recommendations delivered before the governor's State of the State Address in January.

The next public session will be held next week in New York City.

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