Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today informed his constituents that the Common Core tests that begin next week are not mandatory and parents should know their children have the option to refuse testing. McLaughlin criticized Gov. Cuomo and the state’s implementation of the Common Core Standards and said this year’s budget process was an insult to parents and students and did nothing to alleviate the burden of Common Core.
“All across the state, parents are sending those at the top of our broken education system a message and opting their children out of the Common Core tests. These tests are unfair to children with special needs, complicate the traditional way of learning, and will unfairly influence a teacher’s Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR). Furthermore, the Assembly Republican Conference has again introduced the Achieving Pupil Performance and Launching Excellence (APPLE) Plan, which would address each of these concerns. Assembly Democrats refuse to move this bill out of committee and voted against it during last year’s session. We have a solution and I encourage every teacher, parent, student and administrator to stand behind it.”
McLaughlin’s comments come as the next round of Common Core testing is scheduled to begin next week. More information on opting out and the Assembly Republican APPLE plan can be found at www.childrenbeforepolitics.com/refuse.
Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th district, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information,
please visit Assemblyman McLaughlin’s Official Website