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Protestors have message for State Education Commissioner
Chanting and carrying signs, about 50 people rallied outside School of the Arts. They wanted to get the attention of State Education Commissioner John King who was at a private meeting inside the school.
They say Common Core tests are a waste of time and money and are setting kids and teachers up to fail.
Many parents say they won't let their kids take the tests.
10 year old Brennan Callahan-Styles said he didn't want to fail and was very stressed when he took the test.
Dr. John King didn't see the protestors or respond to them but he did meet with reporters. King defended the tests saying the bar has to be set higher, so kids are prepared for college and the workforce.
King said despite protests and low test scores, Common Core is here to stay.
He said the best thing parents and teachers can do is better prepare kids by focusing on more reading, writing and vocabulary.
Parents did question why King's own children don't take these tests. They attend Montesssauri Schools. King said the standards are already set high at private schools like that.
Parents tell us, it's not fair their children have to be subjected to tests that don't measure what their kids know.
Many said their solution will be to opt out. As one mother told 13WHAM: " I don't want to put my son through this for a test that doesn't mean anything."