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“My children are not in an environment that is fostering innovation, creativity, independent thought, valuing and respecting the fact that kids learn in different ways and that a good student is made up of more than just a test score,” she said.

While the tests are being administered, Gaudet said her children sit silently while the other students take the exams.

“The goal is to make certain that all students are on track to succeed in college and meaningful careers when they graduate high school,” said Dennis Tompkins, spokesman for the State Education Department. “Parents who keep their children from taking these tests are essentially saying, ‘I don’t want to know where my child stands, in objective terms, on the path to college and career readiness’ — and we think that that’s doing them a real disservice.”

The State Education Department wants a minimum of 95 percent of students in each grade taking the tests. A school that falls below that mark could be designated as a School in Need of Improvement, regardless of how good the scores are. Lynbrook has well above 95 percent of its students taking the exams.

Dr. Roseanne Melucci, superintendent of East Rockaway schools, said that only three students opted out of the exams out of about 600 children.


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Any person who went to high school in the 80s remembers the consequences of testing. When February ended so did your education. All of a sudden, you were supposed to go to the store and buy a Barron's Regents Review Book for every one of your courses - and THAT became the text. So the curriculum then became to practice old regents exams in the Regents Review book and then go over what you did wrong so that you'd do better on the test once you took it - months later. Test prep is not teaching and that's what'll inevitably happen when tests come to dominate education. Unfortunately, to think this is happening to kids when they turn 8 is ridiculous. Government intrusion on education is a great reason to homeschool!

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