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OPTING OUT

More state tests, more opt-outs

Seventh-grader Lindsay Thimineur, who opted out of the Common Core exams, exits Ballston Spa Middle School on Thursday.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Seventh-grader Lindsay Thimineur, who opted out of the Common Core exams, exits Ballston Spa Middle School on Thursday.
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Parents continue to speak out against the Common Core learning standards as more students across the Capital Region opt out of the math exams administered this week. Briana Bays, a parent with children in the Shenendehowa Central School District, said she decided to keep her children out of the exams after months of researching the Common Core and failing to identify evidence that the standards would better prepare students for college and careers. “There are ...

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