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Parents Call For Boycott Of New, More Difficult Statewide Tests

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Parents are calling for a boycott of new statewide standardized tests set to be given Tuesday, which are designed to be more challenging and will include material not yet covered in the current city curriculum.

The two weeks of standardized tests are now based on national standards.

At stake are the school's rankings, bonuses for educators and whether students will advance to the next grade.

A group of Upper West Side parents say they and families from at least 33 schools are telling their students not to take the test.

"We are doing this because we just really are quite fed up with the efforts to have the concentration of test preparation that goes on and on and on," parent Cynthia Copeland said. "Our children are becoming ill, they're anxious, they are talking to us in test speak. They're asking us questions such as, 'Which do you prefer? A) ice cream, B) turkey?'"

"I've seen these students in action, I've seen the teachers teaching what's going on in the classrooms now, and it's all part of the Common Core curriculum," schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said. "The tests are aligned with Common Core."

Education officials say the tests are more challenging, but are better for students.

It's unclear what, if any, consequences would come to students who boycott the test.

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