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Opting out of Common Core

Created: 04/02/2014 6:19 PM WNYT.com
By: Dan Bazile

CLIFTON PARK -- For Dr. Anthony Ferraioli, higher education standards are a great way to push the limits of his kids' minds.

"My wife and I, we believe one thing, a child's job at this age is to learn," he said.

Last year, he and his wife allowed their two children at the Shenendehowa School District to take the Common Core tests. They were shocked and they tried to review the results with them.

"We were told no, no, no. The system was closed," Ferraioli said.

That's why this year his kids are sitting this one out. He said the test feels like an experiment. But unlike a medical experiment, something he's used to dealing with as a doctor, he said kids are automatically signed up to participate.

Many parents have different reasons for refusing to let their kids take the test across the state. But they all agree the implementation was too quick and there's too much focus on testing.

"We can sit and point fingers at how SED rolled out the Common Core. We can do all those things. But what benefit does that give us, nothing," said Shenendehowa Superintendent Dr. Oliver Robinson.

Robinson says he understands the frustration. But his school tries to focus mostly on learning in the classrooms instead of the politics of education.

"Our kids should be able to function above the mandates," Robinson told NewsChannel 13. "Kids deserve a quality experience and if you teach well, scores will come."

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