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Buffalo parents raising concerns about Common Core testing

UPDATE: The DPCC voted 14-2 Tuesday night (with many abstaining or declining to vote) against the resolution asking that the district and state scale back high-stakes standardized testing, said President Sam Radford. The parent group decided instead gather more information and data regarding existing classroom testing and then reconsider the resolution at a later meeting.

Original blog post follows below:

Parents with Buffalo's District Parent Coordinating Council are preparing to join their suburban counterparts in expressing concerns over the implementation of the Common Core learning standards, particularly the high-stakes testing that is eating up instructional classroom time.

The parent group, which meets from 6 pm to 8 p.m. tonight at Makowski School 99, is expected to adopt a resolution asking the Buffalo school board join with the many other school districts in New York State in expressing their opposition to "overreliance on standardized testing."

Aside from asking that the district and state work to limit the use of standardized tests, the DPCC will also discuss privacy concerns related to the state's use of a private company, InBloom, Inc., to keep track of detailed and personally identifiable student information for the development of classroom tools. DPCC Parlimentarian Wendy Mistretta said the district has provided the parent group no feedback regarding the matter.

Below is the resolution asking that the district and the state support the reduction and use of standardized tests in the classroom.

-- Sandra Tan

DPCC Reso on Overreliance on Testing

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Denise Jewell Gee

Denise Jewell Gee

Denise Jewell Gee joined The Buffalo News in 2007 and currently covers education and suburban schools. She also writes a column for the City & Region section and previously covered government in Erie County and Niagara Falls. Gee graduated from Boston University with degrees in journalism and political science.

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Tiffany Lankes

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Tiffany Lankes joined The Buffalo News in 2013 and primarily covers the Buffalo Public Schools. She has written about education since 2003 at newspapers in Florida and New York. In 2008, she was a nominated finalist for The Pulitzer Prize. Lankes is an Amherst native and graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Syracuse University. She started her journalism career writing for the News’ NeXt section.

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Sandra Tan

Sandra Tan

Sandra Tan has been a cityside reporter for The Buffalo News since 2000 and currently covers the Buffalo Public Schools beat. She previously covered the Williamsville school district and was a full-time education reporter for five years prior to joining The News. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

@BNschoolzone | stan@buffnews.com


Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams began working for The Buffalo News in 1999 and currently covers Buffalo Public Schools. She formerly was a suburban reporter on the Northtowns beat and has been a cityside reporter covering communities since 2004. Williams has a mass communications degree from Towson University.

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