Hawley says state should clarify if funding impact with students not taking tests
Press Release, State Assemblyman Steve Hawley
State Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R-Batavia) today called on the State Education Department to provide guidance to parents and school districts about the consequences of opting out of Common Core tests and what it could mean for future funding.
Hawley said school districts are operating in the dark about what will happen as a result of a large number of students opting out of the upcoming Common Core tests, and that State Ed should provide more information so parents can make informed decisions.
“I realize that Common Core is an increasingly controversial issue and thousands of students have already opted out of the tests,” Hawley said. “While I respect parents’ rights to opt their children out of the Common Core tests, I do not want them to make a decision that will negatively impact the funding received by their school districts.
“This is why I am calling on SED to clarify how opting out will impact schools’ funding. At this point, SED has created a complex situation where many factors are still undetermined. It is their obligation to provide direction to schools. SED has an equal responsibility to provide us with accurate information as to how funding will be impacted if a large number of students chose to forgo the state assessments this year.”
Common Core tests for English Language Arts begin tomorrow and Math Assessments begin later this month. In 2014, over 100,000 students opted out of both the English and Math tests. Schools are required to maintain adequate yearly progress and show 95 percent participation in state assessments for grades three through eight to remain eligible for full Federal funding.