Testing, Opting-Out and Parental Engagement


The Connect New York series explores statewide issues of critical importance with monthly, one-hour panel discussions about education issues including: Common Core standards, teacher evaluation, school financing, achievement gaps, testing and opting out, and legal challenges.

This episode focuses on testing, opting out and parental engagement in New York’s schools. We visit a school in the Elmira Heights School District and speak with its superintendent as well as teachers and parents. The program will focus on the response by the families of 240,000 New York students who opted out of the state administered exams in 2015 and the recently announced changes by the state and federal education departments.

Susan Arbetter, host of “The Capitol Pressroom” serves as show host, and moderates a panel conversation with NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia.

The show aims to give stakeholders across New York State a better understanding of education issues.  Connect: NY is produced by WCNY (Syracuse, NY), and WSKG TV will air this education series throughout 2015-2016.

Preview the show, airing on December 24th at 8:00 p.m.