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Albany, N.Y. - About 350 teachers from the Rochester area joined more than 10,000 other educators, parents, and students to protest state testing requirements Saturday afternoon.
Rochester Teachers Association president Adam Urbanski said the state's new testing policies aren't fair.
He says students are being tested before their teachers can learn how to teach the new Common Core curriculum.
State education leaders have said the tests are necessary to establish a baseline of student achievement before the new curriculum is fully implemented.
The problem with that, Urbanski says, is that teachers are getting evaluated based on those test scores.
"The state seems to be obsessed with tests, and testing is rapidly replacing teaching and learning." Urbanski said. "We want a policy change. We want schools to stabilize; we want to stop excessive testing of kids."
Urbanski says he is hopeful that the state will change some its requirements by this time next year.