This letter is in regard to the recent editorial in the Watertown Daily Times on April 8, Cracks in the system, regarding Common Core testing.
It was of the opinion that parents who opted out of the voluntary Common Core testing in New York state were doing a disservice to not only their own children but the educational process in New York.
As a parent who did have my two children not participate in this testing, I would like to ask the Times and New York State Education Department, why should any child be subjected to a series of tests with a duration of six hours of time that is not being graded or compensated for in any way?
I would also ask if the newspaper or the board of education would consider asking their employees to work an additional six hours without compensation so that a study could be performed to address changes to the newspaper and or the New York state education programs eight years into the future and how many volunteers would you have?
Many parents believe as we do that the Common Core testing would result in the same failures that we personally have already experienced in the FCAT testing in Florida where knowing the subject matter takes a backseat to knowing the answer to a question on the FCAT test.
Sadly, the teachers in Florida had to put real teaching aside for most of the year so they could spend valuable classroom time doing test prep. I hope the lessons of the FCAT failures in Florida are not lost on parents and the Common Core proponents in New York state.
Kevin R. Oliver