15 middle and high school principals from across New York City are fighting back against the new Common Core state tests. According to DNAinfo New York, the group of principals announced in a letter to parents and students that they will not be using the new state test as a part of their admissions process.
Many parents and educators have been critical of the Common Core test because of its difficulty and the stress it has been putting on students. The test is supposed to require more critical thinking along with more knowledge of math and English than previous tests.
The 15 principals are hoping their refusal to use the Common Core test results leads to more dialogue with the Department of Education and throughout the city. The Common Core test is given to students in grades 3 to 8 and the results are used as a part of the admission process into middle and high schools.