At 10 p.m. Tuesday, a group called “United to Counter the Core” posted on Facebook: “Over 90,000 with 31% of districts reporting; an estimated 208 of 227 will not make 95% participation. (According to news reports, superintendents, principals, BOE members, and teachers).”Many parents also posted pictures of their children wearing T-shirts proudly declaring their decision to “opt out.” One Long Island student, who displayed a huge smile and gave a thumbs-up, wore a lime-green shirt that said: “I love my teachers. My school’s the best. But I have to REFUSE this state test.”
These numbers are of course estimations and they are fluid - as more information comes in, they may be adjusted.
But one thing is clear from the first day of the state Common Core exams in New York:
Many parents and children have sent a message to Governor Cuomo, Regents Chancellor Tisch, NYSED and the education reform movement:
They REFUSE this state test.