Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- With all the recent criticism and unanswered questions about New York’s new standardized tests, parents organized a forum Monday at Westhill High School to talk about some of the issues.
All parents and educators from nearby districts were invited to attend.
The issue of tests being used inappropriately as poor evaluations of teachers was one of the issues discussed, and one parent who helped organize the event says her kids will continue to boycott the exams until she sees changes made.
"Well, we are setting them up for failure...these tests are just a snapshot in time of what these kids are capable of...a true assessment would be from beginning to all through to see how they are progressing,” explained parent Heather Ryder.
Author and Advocate Kris Nelson said, "In the long run they're not ready for college. I know the common core keeps saying career and college ready, but that's not true, you can talk to anybody who works at a University, professionally, and they will tell you no, this isn't preparing our kids for college."
There are also talks that some members of the group may go to Albany to express their concerns.