Nearly 65,000 students in Long Island elementary and middle schools refused to take the state English Language Arts test this week -- 43.6 percent of those in grades three through eight eligible for the exam, a Newsday survey of more than 80 percent of districts Islandwide found.
United To Counter The Core updates the numbers statewide:
Over 150,000 with 52% of districts reporting. Estimated 357 of 384 will not make 95% participation. Right now our numbers come from news reports, administrators, union representatives, teachers, and other individuals inside the schools who are willing to give us information. We will verify these numbers by FOIA letters beginning immediately after the math tests.
Watch https://www.facebook.com/media/set/… for these headcount totals to rise throughout the week, and keep an eye over the next month or so for the FOIA numbers to come in!
Complete data here: https://docs.google.com/…/1skCRo8-KlZpeu8APQlTMU7L0lp…/edit…
The puhsback from those supporting the Endless Testing regime?
Sure, there have been a lot of students opting out of the tests, but there are still more students taking the tests than opting out:
While the “opt-out” movement gained strength this year in New York, more children are taking the tests this week than are not.
In the end, we will see hundreds of thousands of parents opt their children out of the state tests.
The testing data will be suspect at best for all the things the state educrats want to use it for - like school ratings, teacher evaluations, district comparisons, etc.
Those supporting the Endless Testing regime, who for years have said the opt-out movement was "fringe," can no longer call it "fringe" with these numbers.
Nor can they minimize the damage to the data by saying, "Well, more kids took the state tests than didn't."
Because the truth is, more kids barely took the ELA state tests than didn't - and we haven't even gotten to the math tests yet.
This is a huge revolt from the grassroots against an unpopular agenda imposed by the politicians and the educrats.
And the effects will reverberate for a long time to come no matter how the Endless Testing regime supporters try to minimize it.