Students in Hudson Valley opt out of Common Core tests

Thousands of parents in the Hudson Valley opted their children out of the Common Core tests being given this week. Officials in the North Rockland

The test is being given statewide to grades three to eight.

The test is being given statewide to grades three to eight. (4/15/15)

ORANGETOWN - Thousands of parents in the Hudson Valley opted their children out of the Common Core tests being given this week.

Officials in the North Rockland School District say 49 percent of students didn't take the English assessment this week. The test is being given statewide to grades three to eight.

At South Orangetown Middle School, officials say more than 40 percent opted out.

Under federal regulations, a school with less than 95 percent of students taking the tests could potentially lose significant federal funding.

State Department of Education officials say there is so much more at stake than just money.

"I believe that test refusal is a terrible mistake because it eliminates important information about how our kids are doing," said Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch. "Why on Earth would you not want to know whether your child is on track for success in the fifth grade or success in college?"

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