The NYS ELA test has wrapped up and Kingston test REFUSAL numbers are in.
Some 43 percent of Kingston City School students were opted out of this week’s English Language Arts Common Core tests, district officials announced Thursday.
According to the district, there were 2,813 students eligible to take the test, and 1,212 did not, for a participation rate of 57 percent. The KCSD rate is high for schools in the area, but not as high as Onteora’s 61 percent refusal rate. Statewide, hundreds of thousands of the estimated 1.1 million kids who were to take the tests were opted out by their parents, according to reports.
– Kingston Times Kingston City School District opt-out rate at 43%
Preliminary REFUSAL numbers for school districts throughout Ulster county are as follows:
Kingston: 43 percent of the 2,813 eligible students declined to take the test in grades 3-8.
Ellenville: 16.2 percent of the 383 eligible students in grades 3-5 declined to take the test; 22.5 percent of the 383 eligible middle school students opted out.
Highland: 45.6 percent of the 384 eligible students in grades 3-5 opted out; 49.5 of the eligible middle school students declined to take the test.
New Paltz: 57 percent of the eligible students in grades 3-5 opted out; 64 percent of the eligible middle school students opted out.
Rondout Valley: 34.9 percent of the 424 eligible students in grades 3-5 opted out; 38.3 percent of the eligible middle school students opted out.
Wallkill: 42 percent of the eligible students in grades 3-8 opted out.
Rhinebeck: 8.59 percent of the 273 elementary students eligible to take the test opted out; 17.25 percent of the 273 middle school students opted out.
Red Hook: 20 percent of the 401 eligible students in grades 3-5 opted out; 33 percent of the 482 eligible middle school students opted out.
District officials said the numbers reported were preliminary because the testing spanned three days and the numbers of students refusing to take the test differed from day to day.
Saugerties school officials did not return repeated calls over two days for opt-out information.
– Daily Freeman Many Mid-Hudson students opt-out of NY state English tests
The state-wide count of over 155,000 mentioned in the Freeman article is a very preliminary count and I expect it to go much higher since numbers from only 52% of the school districts in the state were included in that count. Data from United to Counter the Core available here and here.
On to test REFUSAL for the New York State Math test for grades 3-8 which begins next Wednesday April 22, 2015.