- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

KENMORE, N.Y. (AP) - An upstate New York school district has moved a step closer to boycotting the state’s standardized tests in April in opposition to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s education policies.

The Kenmore-Tonawanda Board of Education voted Tuesday to “seriously consider not administering” the mandatory math and English tests to students in grades 3 through 8 unless school funding changes are made.

The resolution also will have the board consider taking student performance on the tests out of the equation for teacher evaluations.

New York state requires its nearly 700 school districts to give the state assessments each year and use the results to grade teachers.

Supporters of the test boycott say they know the suburban Buffalo district may face sanctions, including the loss of state aid, but say it’s worth the risk.


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