The New York State Department of Education will begin a series of more difficult English and Math tests for public school students, prompting some parents to opt out of the new regime.
Caryl Lorandini teaches one of her eighth-grade math
Caryl Lorandini teaches one of her eighth-grade math classes at Carle Place Middle School. She is an officer in a state math teachers association, and has talked about the state's upcoming math tests which are expected to be much more rigorous than those used in the past. (April 2, 2013) (Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)
Jeanette Deutermann (center), surrounded by Elizabeth Sendrowitz, Kristen
Jeanette Deutermann (center), surrounded by Elizabeth Sendrowitz, Kristen Lavelle, Joanne Trupo, and their children, stand in the back yard of her home in Bellmore. The mothers are trying to organize parents in boycotting the tough new state tests coming up in mid-April. (April 1, 2013) (Credit: Steve Pfost)
Caryl Lorandini teaching one of her eighth-grade math
Caryl Lorandini teaching one of her eighth-grade math classes at Carle Place Middle School. She is an officer in a state math teachers association, and has talked about the state's upcoming math tests. (April 2, 2013) (Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)

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Caryl Lorandini works with Kevin Romero, 13 in
Caryl Lorandini works with Kevin Romero, 13 in one of her eighth-grade math classes at Carle Place Middle School. The state's upcoming math tests are expected to be much more rigorous than those used in the past. (April 2, 2013) (Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)
Caryl Lorandini works with Brianna McKeough, 13, and
Caryl Lorandini works with Brianna McKeough, 13, and Nicole Pascarella, 14, in one of her eighth-grade math classes at Carle Place Middle School. The state's upcoming math tests are expected to be much more rigorous than those used in the past. (April 2, 2013) (Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)
Caryl Lorandini teaches one of her eighth-grade math
Caryl Lorandini teaches one of her eighth-grade math classes at Carle Place Middle School. She is an officer in a state math teachers association, and has talked about the state's upcoming math tests. They are expected to be much more rigorous than those used in the past. (April 2, 2013) (Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)
(Left to right) Elizabeth Sendrowitz, Kristen Lavelle, Joanne
(Left to right) Elizabeth Sendrowitz, Kristen Lavelle, Joanne Trupo, and Jeanette Deutermann stand on the front steps of Deutermann's home in Bellmore. The mothers are trying to organize parents in boycotting the tough new state tests coming up later this month. (April 1, 2013) (Credit: Steve Pfost)