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State Education commissioner responds to concerns over standardized tests

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New York State Education Commissioner John King was in Buffalo Wednesday.  King visited South Park High School.  While here, King was asked about the growing debate over the state's standardized tests.   New York State teachers say too much time is spent on test prep and some parents want their children to opt out. 

But King defends the testing.  He said assessments are part of the academic program.

"The assessments are opportunity for parents, teachers and schools to know how students are doing as they progress toward college and careers," said King.

King tells WBFO News too many students entering community colleges are being placed in remedial classes

"As a parent, why wouldn't you want to know how your child is doing and whether or not they are on track for college and career success," said King.

Teachers across the state say too much time is spent on test prep in the classroom.  

The state's largest teachers union will be in Washington starting Thursday for a three-day policymaking conference. 

New York State United Teachers said it will be delivering 10,000 letters from teachers to Commissioner King detailing the adverse impact they say state's reliance on standardized testing has had on its students.