- Associated Press - Monday, March 30, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The president of New York’s largest teachers union is urging parents to opt their children out of next month’s standardized math and English tests.

New York State United Teachers President Karen Magee made the comments Monday on public radio’s “Capitol Pressroom,” saying the tests are not valid indicators of student progress.

Last year, more than 50,000 students sat out the tests given annually to third- through eighth-graders.

NYSUT has been at odds with Gov. Andrew Cuomo over Cuomo’s efforts to give more weight to test results in annual statewide teacher evaluations. The tests currently account for 20 percent of a teacher’s score.

Responding to Magee’s comments, Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch said school districts where less than 95 percent of students participate in the assessments risk losing significant federal funding.



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