Sunday, September 16, 2018
Board Of Regents Recommends No Penalties For School Districts With High "Opt Out" Rates.
In a major retreat by the State to school districts with high "opt out" rates, the Board of Regents has recommended to the New York State Education Department (NYSED) that there should be no financial penalties (Title 1 funds) to those school districts. This is good news to Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and the Buffalo Region where "opt out" rates were the highest in the State and the nation.
Previously, NYSED gave school districts 4 years to meet the Federal 95% student participation requirement or face penalties. Now it seems that the continued parent protest to the high-stakes Common Core tests and Governor Andrew Cuomo's 180 degree turn on the issue has caused the Board of Regents to think twice about implementing the Federal requirements. You can read Chalkbeat's take Here.
I suspect that the high "opt out" rates will continue in the New York City suburbs and with Common Core tests unsupported from the President on down, look for a more significant change that either eliminates or radically changes the State's high-stakes testing program. Of course that assumes our Governor doesn't change his mind yet again.
You can see some of the "opt out" rates statewide for 2018. Here.