Cayuga County-area standardized test refusal rates below state average

More students took standardized tests in New York state last spring, a trend seen in most, but not all, Cayuga County-area schools.

Data released by the state Education Department last week shows the overall percentage of eligible third-grade through eighth grade-students classified as refusing to take the tests decreased from 19 percent in 2017 to 18 percent in 2018. Those figures are derived from the number of students whose parents or guardians opted their children out of the state math and English language Arts tests conducted last spring.

It marked the second straight year for a decrease in opt-out rates, which have been driven by some parents and educators who believe the tests are not a good educational practice.

MaryEllen Elia, state commissioner of education, said in a statement that the tests help pinpoint gaps in student achievement.

“The State assessments help establish a foundation to identify the grades, schools, and groups of students that need more support. However, it’s important to remember that while test scores provide us with needed information, they’re only one measure of performance, and we must always look at the whole picture," Elia said.

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