(WBEN Sunday 06/09/13) - Thousands of teachers and their supporters, many from Western New York, have rallied in Albany against what they say is the misuse of standardized tests.
The rally Saturday in front of the state Capitol was organized by the New York State United Teachers.
Union head Richard Iannuzzi told the crowd, "The time is now to reclaim the promise of public education."
The Journal News reports that many speakers complained about statewide tests in math and English that students took this spring.
The tests were aligned to the Common Core standards that are intended to increase rigor. Many teachers complained that the tests were too difficult.
State Education Commissioner John King said in a statement Friday that the more rigorous standards "will help all students graduate prepared for success in college and careers. "
Saturday Story: BUFFALO, NY (WBEN) -Twenty buses from Western New York started off early this morning, headed east for an Albany rally against standardized testing.The New York State United Teachers says they expect more than 225 busloads of supporters for their demonstration at the Empire State Plaza.
Those attending will call for a moratorium on the use of standardized tests in high-stakes decisions, until the state has fully implemented its new curriculum standards.
The teachers' union has consistently opposed using test results as a factor in teacher layoffs.