by Leo Hohmann, WND
Teachers at a New York City high school fired a shot across the bow of the concept of a nationalized education industry Thursday, becoming the first in their state to refuse to administer a standardized test tied to the controversial Common Core national standards.
The boycott by teachers at Prospect Heights International School in Brooklyn comes amid a small but growing “opt-out” movement. Thousands of parents across the country have refused to let their children sit for standardized tests tied to Common Core’s data-hungry student assessment industry.
The state assessments are given at least twice a year, and a growing number of parents are choosing to “opt out.” The parents say the tests cause anxiety and other health problems in young children. Still others have refused the tests because of data mining conducted on students by the companies that write and analyze the tests.
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