Protesting tests at the State Capitol

Signs of protest dotted the crowd Saturday at the State Capitol in a protest of standardized tests. 

NYSUT had earlier agreed to allow student performance to be part of an evaluation system for teachers and principals in order for the state to qualify for federal Race to the Top funds. At the same time, the state has implemented tests as part of its adoption of Common Core — a new set of standards and curricula being used nationwide, meant to enrich student learning.

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