Councilman Daniel Dromm: State Test Protest

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Councilman: DOE Needs To Let Parents Know Kids Don't Have To Take State Exams

April 09, 2018 - 3:33 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Parents, students, and Queens City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-25th) want the city Department of Education to do a better job of letting parents know their children do not have to sit for state tests.

"Everybody should know that they have the right to opt out of the state tests,” said Miles Bender-Wilson, a fifth grader at P.S. 149 in Queens.

As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported, Miles skipped school for the news conference because he did not want to sit through another day of test prep.

"I do not think it is right to have to take the test, especially since there is absolutely no point or effect on our grades or anything else," he said.

The opt-out rate in New York City is only 4 percent. Dromm accuses the DOE of doing a poor job of informing parents.

“We don’t want our kids used as a lab experiment,” Dromm said. “Parents need to know they have the right to opt out.”