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Letter: Some teachers should opt out

Students from various West Islip schools decided to

Students from various West Islip schools decided to opt out of the Common Core tests. Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

Much has been written about the state tests and the "opt out" movement by parents [" 'Opt out' momentum," News, April 5].

However, most parents chose to send their children to school to take these tests because they trusted the process, their child's school and the teachers.

After three days, including 210 minutes of testing 8-year-olds, we feel as though we violated this trust and let down our children and parents. We are the ones who should have opted out. The test was developmentally inappropriate, with reading passages and questions years above a typical third-grade level.

We feel that the test was frustrating and emotionally damaging to our students, and we know better than test developer Pearson what is acceptable for third grade.

Assessments that are so far above a child's ability can't be valid or reliable.

Most important, we should have opted out because this testing will harm children's love of learning.

We support higher expectations for students, but these exams are inappropriate and unfair. Perhaps if teachers and administrators had the courage to stand up and truly protect our children, we could have sent a loud and clear message that anyone who values a child's self-esteem would be happy to support.

Eric Nezowitz

Robin Hoorwitz

Great Neck

Editor's note: The writers are the principal and a third-grade teacher at the Saddle Rock School.