TONAWANDA, N.Y. -- A group of parents concerned about the multiple tests required of elementary and middle school-age children met Thursday night at the Alliance Church in Kenmore to discuss the changes they'd like to see.
Members of the Western New Yorkers for Public Education said they're concerned that classroom time is spent teaching kids how to get high scores on tests - not actual learning.
Parent Eric Mihelbergel said the testing is unnecessary and doesn't benefit the kids.
"It's become excessive, to the point where our children are now spending 25% of their academic year on testing," Milhelbergel said. "Testing that doesn't count toward the child's grades - testing that is used strictly to evaluate the teachers, the principals, the schools and the school districts."
The group said the state should find other ways to evaluate educators, and they encourage other concerned parents to write letters to their legislators and the state Board of Regents.