Students opting out of standardized tests on Tuesday, the first day of exams, may have reached more than 100,000, an activist group said.
That would surpass the 65,000 opt outs last year.
The group, United to Counter, culled its figures from news reports and reports from local officials within the state's nearly 700 school districts. It said it could account for about 35 percent of districts.
As more districts become accounted for, the 100,000 figure is expected to rise.
And that's not the only increase expected.
Full opt-out numbers for the 3rd-8th grade ELA exams can't be calculated until the completion of all three days of testing:
“It is important to note that state testing takes place over multiple days,” wrote Williamsville schools spokeswoman Rita M. Wolff. “Tuesday, April 14 was the first of three days for administering the ELA state assessment. An accurate number of non-test takers will not be known until the completion of the multi-day testing period.”
The ELA exam finishes tomorrow, next week the math exams will be given on Wednesday through Friday.
Opt-out proponents had hoped for 250,000 test refusals when all was said and done.
It will be interesting to see what the total number of opt outs from both the ELA and math tests will be when it's all over.