Thousands Rally Against Standardized Tests In NY
New York State United Teachers President Dick Iannuzzi speaks to the crowd during the “One Voice United” rally in Albany, N.Y., Saturday, June 8, 2013. Thousands rallied at the New York State capitol against the standardized testing that is required by the state. (Shannon DeCelle/AP Photo)
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ALBANY, N.Y.—Thousands of teachers and their supporters have rallied in Albany against what they say is the misuse of standardized tests.
The rally Saturday in front of the state Capitol was organized by the New York State United Teachers.
Union head Richard Iannuzzi told the crowd, “The time is now to reclaim the promise of public education.”
The Journal News reports that many speakers complained about statewide tests in math and English that students took this spring.
The tests were aligned to the Common Core standards that are intended to increase rigor. Many teachers complained that the tests were too difficult.
State Education Commissioner John King said in a statement Friday that the more rigorous standards “will help all students graduate prepared for success in college and careers. “