District reacts to new state tests

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“It’s a lot of sensitive information that generally we are not allowed to reveal about students, but the state feels it’s ok for them to give it out,” Johnson said. “So it’s an unsettling issue that is in flux right now.”

School officials seemed anxious about having to hand over the data to the state to be given to a private company. Johnson said that Rockville Centre would take an “affirmative position.” Meaning that the district wouldn’t release the data unless they are permitted by parents. But district lawyers are still investigating whether or not the district is allowed to do so.

“There’s no way that I know of that [parents] can opt out,” Pellettieri said. “The state is going to take that data from our student information system. That’s what we’ve been told.”

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