Group holds Common Core demonstration at School of the Arts

Posted at: 08/28/2013 4:40 PM | Updated at: 08/28/2013 8:40 PM

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There has been a lot of talk lately about the new "Common Core" tests given to students, meant to measure their progress and eventually to be used to evaluate teachers. 

Education Commissioner John King spent the day in Rochester talking to teachers about the testing. One group held a demonstration outside the School of the Arts to say they don't agree with the new standards and the students weren't prepared for the first year of testing.

One woman, who is both a teacher and a parent, says she wants the commissioner to know she and other teachers are fed up.

Melissa Barber said, "Education is always going to need to be updated and changed and revamped. But this isn't the way to do it. High stakes testing is not the way to reform education."

The tests will not affect student's grades when it comes to report cards. But they will eventually be used to measure a teacher's job performance.


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