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District to allow quiet reading during testing

Central Valley School District will allow students to read silently during the NYS Grades 3-8 assessments.

“The debate over assessments has become a distraction from our core mission, educating every child to the best of our and their abilities,” said Superintendent Rich Hughes. “In cases where a parent asks that his or her student not take the test, those students will read quietly separate from those who are testing.”

He said that the state and federal governments’ failure to establish clear policies regarding student testing has created havoc for schools. The New York State Education Department requires schools to administer the tests and holds schools accountable for scores and lack of participation. At the same time, concerned parents angry over the practice vent their frustration on their local schools.