Opt-outs from Common Core test on English 2017

More than 97,000 Long Island public school students in grades 3-8 opted out of taking the state English Language Arts during the week of March 27, 2017.

More than 97,000 Long Island public school students in grades 3-8 opted out of taking the state English Language Arts exam during the week of March 27, 2017, according to data gathered from 116 individual districts. The number represents 51.2 percent of the eligible students. Here are the details, along with opt-out rates from 2015 and 2016. Not all districts reported results in all years, and students who were reported absent were not included.

Schools in eight Long Island districts gave the computer-based Common Core test in some grades. For some districts that did not respond to requests on Thursday for updated opt-out numbers, we used data collected from earlier in the week. This data was updated on March 31, 2017.

Percent of eligible students opting out of test

  • Up to 30%
  • 30% to 50%
  • More than 50%
  • District did not report

In the table below: * Data includes students in some grades taking computer-based test. ** District did not respond to Newsday's survey on Thursday, so data was posted from Tuesday. *** District's data was suppressed because figure represents less than five students.

district Students eligible for 2017 test Number refusing in 2017 2017 percent refusing 2016 percent refusing 2015 percent refusing
district Long Island total Students eligible for 2017 test 189,417 Number refusing in 2017 97,068 2017 percent refusing 51.2% 2016 percent refusing 51.6% 2015 percent refusing 42.6%
district Nassau total Students eligible for 2017 test 85,563 Number refusing in 2017 37,707 2017 percent refusing 44.1% 2016 percent refusing 44.2% 2015 percent refusing 33.9%
district Suffolk total Students eligible for 2017 test 103,854 Number refusing in 2017 59,361 2017 percent refusing 57.2% 2016 percent refusing 57.1% 2015 percent refusing 49.6%
district Amagansett Students eligible for 2017 test 56 Number refusing in 2017 7 2017 percent refusing 12.5% 2016 percent refusing 23.7% 2015 percent refusing 4.8%
district Amityville Students eligible for 2017 test 1,288 Number refusing in 2017 565 2017 percent refusing 43.9% 2016 percent refusing 46.3% 2015 percent refusing 43.3%
district Babylon Students eligible for 2017 test 719 Number refusing in 2017 493 2017 percent refusing 68.6% 2016 percent refusing N/A 2015 percent refusing 58.6%
district Baldwin Students eligible for 2017 test 2,093 Number refusing in 2017 1,124 2017 percent refusing 53.7% 2016 percent refusing 51.9% 2015 percent refusing 38.6%
district Bay Shore Students eligible for 2017 test 2,713 Number refusing in 2017 1,554 2017 percent refusing 57.3% 2016 percent refusing 51.6% 2015 percent refusing N/A
district Bayport-Blue Point Students eligible for 2017 test 1,053 Number refusing in 2017 804 2017 percent refusing 76.4% 2016 percent refusing 72.2% 2015 percent refusing 57.9%
district Bellmore Students eligible for 2017 test 599 Number refusing in 2017 417 2017 percent refusing 69.6% 2016 percent refusing 69.2% 2015 percent refusing 56.0%
district Bellmore-Merrick Students eligible for 2017 test 1,770 Number refusing in 2017 1,290 2017 percent refusing 72.9% 2016 percent refusing 72.5% 2015 percent refusing 63.5%
district Bethpage Students eligible for 2017 test 1,304 Number refusing in 2017 713 2017 percent refusing 54.7% 2016 percent refusing 49.8% 2015 percent refusing 40.9%
district Brentwood Students eligible for 2017 test 8,391 Number refusing in 2017 5,019 2017 percent refusing 59.8% 2016 percent refusing 57.3% 2015 percent refusing N/A
district Bridgehampton* ** Students eligible for 2017 test 80 Number refusing in 2017 46 2017 percent refusing 57.5% 2016 percent refusing 43.8% 2015 percent refusing 31.3%
district Carle Place Students eligible for 2017 test 624 Number refusing in 2017 316 2017 percent refusing 50.6% 2016 percent refusing 58.1% 2015 percent refusing 45.0%
district Center Moriches Students eligible for 2017 test 698 Number refusing in 2017 435 2017 percent refusing 62.3% 2016 percent refusing 60.1% 2015 percent refusing N/A
district Central Islip Students eligible for 2017 test 3,399 Number refusing in 2017 430 2017 percent refusing 12.7% 2016 percent refusing 11.6% 2015 percent refusing 13.9%
district Cold Spring Harbor Students eligible for 2017 test 790 Number refusing in 2017 156 2017 percent refusing 19.7% 2016 percent refusing 18.8% 2015 percent refusing 17.9%
district Commack Students eligible for 2017 test 2,855 Number refusing in 2017 1,733 2017 percent refusing 60.7% 2016 percent refusing 63.5% 2015 percent refusing 54.3%
district Comsewogue** Students eligible for 2017 test 1,681 Number refusing in 2017 1,463 2017 percent refusing 87.0% 2016 percent refusing 85.6% 2015 percent refusing 81.8%
district Connetquot Students eligible for 2017 test 2,613 Number refusing in 2017 1,954 2017 percent refusing 74.8% 2016 percent refusing 74.1% 2015 percent refusing 69.0%
district Copiague Students eligible for 2017 test 2,177 Number refusing in 2017 545 2017 percent refusing 25.0% 2016 percent refusing N/A 2015 percent refusing N/A
district Deer Park Students eligible for 2017 test 1,821 Number refusing in 2017 801 2017 percent refusing 44.0% 2016 percent refusing N/A 2015 percent refusing 38.1%
district East Hampton Students eligible for 2017 test 637 Number refusing in 2017 53 2017 percent refusing 8.3% 2016 percent refusing 14.0% 2015 percent refusing 9.7%
district East Islip Students eligible for 2017 test 1,757 Number refusing in 2017 1,299 2017 percent refusing 73.9% 2016 percent refusing 69.6% 2015 percent refusing 62.9%
district East Meadow Students eligible for 2017 test 3,246 Number refusing in 2017 1,698 2017 percent refusing 52.3% 2016 percent refusing 50.1% 2015 percent refusing N/A
district East Moriches Students eligible for 2017 test 519 Number refusing in 2017 261 2017 percent refusing 50.3% 2016 percent refusing 48.2% 2015 percent refusing 42.1%
district East Quogue Students eligible for 2017 test 240 Number refusing in 2017 139 2017 percent refusing 57.9% 2016 percent refusing 64.5% 2015 percent refusing 65.9%
district East Rockaway Students eligible for 2017 test 552 Number refusing in 2017 349 2017 percent refusing 63.2% 2016 percent refusing 65.7% 2015 percent refusing 52.4%
district East Williston Students eligible for 2017 test 805 Number refusing in 2017 214 2017 percent refusing 26.6% 2016 percent refusing 28.4% 2015 percent refusing 21.1%
district Eastport-South Manor Students eligible for 2017 test 1,591 Number refusing in 2017 1,235 2017 percent refusing 77.6% 2016 percent refusing 75.4% 2015 percent refusing 65.6%
district Elmont Students eligible for 2017 test 2,204 Number refusing in 2017 232 2017 percent refusing 10.5% 2016 percent refusing 8.8% 2015 percent refusing 3.4%
district Elwood Students eligible for 2017 test 1,047 Number refusing in 2017 425 2017 percent refusing 40.6% 2016 percent refusing 41.0% 2015 percent refusing 33.1%
district Farmingdale Students eligible for 2017 test 2,617 Number refusing in 2017 1,747 2017 percent refusing 66.8% 2016 percent refusing N/A 2015 percent refusing N/A
district Fire Island Students eligible for 2017 test 10 Number refusing in 2017 2 2017 percent refusing 20.0% 2016 percent refusing N/A 2015 percent refusing 31.6%
district Fishers Island Students eligible for 2017 test 31 Number refusing in 2017 0 2017 percent refusing 0.0% 2016 percent refusing 0.0% 2015 percent refusing 0.0%
district Floral Park-Bellerose** Students eligible for 2017 test 855 Number refusing in 2017 213 2017 percent refusing 24.9% 2016 percent refusing 27.8% 2015 percent refusing 24.9%
district Franklin Square* Students eligible for 2017 test 1,062 Number refusing in 2017 415 2017 percent refusing 39.1% 2016 percent refusing N/A 2015 percent refusing 32.5%
district Freeport Students eligible for 2017 test 3,093 Number refusing in 2017 1,074 2017 percent refusing 34.7% 2016 percent refusing 29.9% 2015 percent refusing 13.0%
district Garden City Students eligible for 2017 test 1,870 Number refusing in 2017 684 2017 percent refusing 36.6% 2016 percent refusing 44.7% 2015 percent refusing 44.9%
district Glen Cove Students eligible for 2017 test 1,371 Number refusing in 2017 674 2017 percent refusing 49.2% 2016 percent refusing 43.9% 2015 percent refusing 28.0%
district Great Neck Students eligible for 2017 test 2,910 Number refusing in 2017 653 2017 percent refusing 22.4% 2016 percent refusing 19.7% 2015 percent refusing N/A
district Greenport Students eligible for 2017 test N/A Number refusing in 2017 N/A 2017 percent refusing N/A 2016 percent refusing 65.1% 2015 percent refusing 61.1%
district Half Hollow Hills Students eligible for 2017 test 3,783 Number refusing in 2017 1,708 2017 percent refusing 45.1% 2016 percent refusing 45.1% 2015 percent refusing 42.0%
district Hampton Bays Students eligible for 2017 test 963 Number refusing in 2017 312 2017 percent refusing 32.4% 2016 percent refusing N/A 2015 percent refusing 28.0%
district Harborfields Students eligible for 2017 test 1,521 Number refusing in 2017 517 2017 percent refusing 34.0% 2016 percent refusing 34.4% 2015 percent refusing 30.6%
district Hauppauge Students eligible for 2017 test 1,701 Number refusing in 2017 1,115 2017 percent refusing 65.5% 2016 percent refusing 71.9% 2015 percent refusing 63.4%
district Hempstead Students eligible for 2017 test 2,618 Number refusing in 2017 153 2017 percent refusing 5.8% 2016 percent refusing N/A 2015 percent refusing N/A
district Herricks Students eligible for 2017 test 1,815 Number refusing in 2017 260 2017 percent refusing 14.3% 2016 percent refusing 15.7% 2015 percent refusing 12.9%
district Hewlett-Woodmere Students eligible for 2017 test 1,338 Number refusing in 2017 831 2017 percent refusing 62.1% 2016 percent refusing 61.4% 2015 percent refusing 45.6%
district Hicksville Students eligible for 2017 test 2,359 Number refusing in 2017 888 2017 percent refusing 37.6% 2016 percent refusing 34.9% 2015 percent refusing 29.2%
district Huntington** Students eligible for 2017 test 2,180 Number refusing in 2017 553 2017 percent refusing 25.4% 2016 percent refusing 21.5% 2015 percent refusing 17.2%
district Island Park Students eligible for 2017 test N/A Number refusing in 2017 N/A 2017 percent refusing N/A 2016 percent refusing 46.1% 2015 percent refusing N/A
district Island Trees Students eligible for 2017 test 1,049 Number refusing in 2017 573 2017 percent refusing 54.6% 2016 percent refusing 54.9% 2015 percent refusing 46.4%
district Islip* Students eligible for 2017 test 1,284 Number refusing in 2017 852 2017 percent refusing 66.4% 2016 percent refusing 65.8% 2015 percent refusing 62.9%
district Jericho Students eligible for 2017 test 1,426 Number refusing in 2017 343 2017 percent refusing 24.1% 2016 percent refusing 22.5% 2015 percent refusing 18.3%
district Kings Park Students eligible for 2017 test 1,480 Number refusing in 2017 926 2017 percent refusing 62.6% 2016 percent refusing 59.5% 2015 percent refusing 46.8%
district Lawrence Students eligible for 2017 test 1,101 Number refusing in 2017 343 2017 percent refusing 31.2% 2016 percent refusing 26.4% 2015 percent refusing 11.3%
district Levittown Students eligible for 2017 test 3,295 Number refusing in 2017 2,331 2017 percent refusing 70.7% 2016 percent refusing 68.7% 2015 percent refusing 61.5%
district Lindenhurst Students eligible for 2017 test N/A Number refusing in 2017 N/A 2017 percent refusing N/A 2016 percent refusing 70.5% 2015 percent refusing 63.7%
district Locust Valley Students eligible for 2017 test 940 Number refusing in 2017 589 2017 percent refusing 62.7% 2016 percent refusing 58.4% 2015 percent refusing 40.4%
district Long Beach** Students eligible for 2017 test 1,565 Number refusing in 2017 717 2017 percent refusing 45.8% 2016 percent refusing 41.2% 2015 percent refusing 27.7%
district Longwood* Students eligible for 2017 test 4,224 Number refusing in 2017 2,491 2017 percent refusing 59.0% 2016 percent refusing 49.0% 2015 percent refusing 42.4%
district Lynbrook Students eligible for 2017 test 1,327 Number refusing in 2017 830 2017 percent refusing 62.5% 2016 percent refusing 62.2% 2015 percent refusing 55.7%
district Malverne Students eligible for 2017 test 771 Number refusing in 2017 456 2017 percent refusing 59.1% 2016 percent refusing 45.5% 2015 percent refusing 25.8%
district Manhasset Students eligible for 2017 test 1,474 Number refusing in 2017 206 2017 percent refusing 14.0% 2016 percent refusing 12.2% 2015 percent refusing 3.6%
district Massapequa* Students eligible for 2017 test 3,183 Number refusing in 2017 2,009 2017 percent refusing 63.1% 2016 percent refusing 65.2% 2015 percent refusing 57.7%
district Mattituck-Cutchogue Students eligible for 2017 test 510 Number refusing in 2017 229 2017 percent refusing 44.9% 2016 percent refusing 49.2% 2015 percent refusing 35.9%
district Merrick Students eligible for 2017 test 847 Number refusing in 2017 490 2017 percent refusing 57.9% 2016 percent refusing 56.6% 2015 percent refusing 47.6%
district Middle Country Students eligible for 2017 test 4,253 Number refusing in 2017 2,989 2017 percent refusing 70.3% 2016 percent refusing 68.9% 2015 percent refusing 60.9%
district Miller Place Students eligible for 2017 test 1,314 Number refusing in 2017 926 2017 percent refusing 70.5% 2016 percent refusing 68.7% 2015 percent refusing 61.7%
district Mineola Students eligible for 2017 test 1,306 Number refusing in 2017 326 2017 percent refusing 25.0% 2016 percent refusing N/A 2015 percent refusing 18.3%
district Montauk Students eligible for 2017 test 221 Number refusing in 2017 65 2017 percent refusing 29.4% 2016 percent refusing 18.5% 2015 percent refusing 17.3%
district Mount Sinai* Students eligible for 2017 test 1,066 Number refusing in 2017 630 2017 percent refusing 59.1% 2016 percent refusing 55.3% 2015 percent refusing 49.8%
district New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Students eligible for 2017 test 878 Number refusing in 2017 333 2017 percent refusing 37.9% 2016 percent refusing 25.8% 2015 percent refusing 23.8%
district New Suffolk Students eligible for 2017 test 7 Number refusing in 2017 0 2017 percent refusing 0.0% 2016 percent refusing 0.0% 2015 percent refusing N/A
district North Babylon Students eligible for 2017 test 2,129 Number refusing in 2017 1,359 2017 percent refusing 63.8% 2016 percent refusing N/A 2015 percent refusing 55.2%
district North Bellmore Students eligible for 2017 test 1,174 Number refusing in 2017 775 2017 percent refusing 66.0% 2016 percent refusing 68.2% 2015 percent refusing 63.0%
district North Merrick Students eligible for 2017 test 712 Number refusing in 2017 426 2017 percent refusing 59.8% 2016 percent refusing 62.3% 2015 percent refusing 52.5%
district North Shore Students eligible for 2017 test N/A Number refusing in 2017 N/A 2017 percent refusing N/A 2016 percent refusing 44.0% 2015 percent refusing 38.2%
district Northport-East Northport Students eligible for 2017 test 2,473 Number refusing in 2017 1,558 2017 percent refusing 63.0% 2016 percent refusing 66.6% 2015 percent refusing 55.2%
district Oceanside Students eligible for 2017 test 2,544 Number refusing in 2017 1,276 2017 percent refusing 50.2% 2016 percent refusing 49.3% 2015 percent refusing N/A
district Oyster Bay-East Norwich Students eligible for 2017 test 710 Number refusing in 2017 281 2017 percent refusing 39.6% 2016 percent refusing 43.3% 2015 percent refusing 31.0%
district Oysterponds Students eligible for 2017 test 40 Number refusing in 2017 18 2017 percent refusing 45.0% 2016 percent refusing 34.2% 2015 percent refusing N/A
district Patchogue-Medford Students eligible for 2017 test 3,369 Number refusing in 2017 2,621 2017 percent refusing 77.8% 2016 percent refusing 71.6% 2015 percent refusing 65.1%
district Plainedge Students eligible for 2017 test 1,327 Number refusing in 2017 1,005 2017 percent refusing 75.7% 2016 percent refusing N/A 2015 percent refusing 74.3%
district Plainview-Old Bethpage Students eligible for 2017 test 2,284 Number refusing in 2017 1,279 2017 percent refusing 56.0% 2016 percent refusing 57.2% 2015 percent refusing 47.0%
district Port Jefferson Students eligible for 2017 test 499 Number refusing in 2017 302 2017 percent refusing 60.5% 2016 percent refusing 60.3% 2015 percent refusing 49.4%
district Port Washington Students eligible for 2017 test 2,502 Number refusing in 2017 742 2017 percent refusing 29.7% 2016 percent refusing 30.4% 2015 percent refusing 20.9%
district Quogue Students eligible for 2017 test 60 Number refusing in 2017 8 2017 percent refusing 13.3% 2016 percent refusing 19.2% 2015 percent refusing 11.9%
district Remsenburg-Speonk* Students eligible for 2017 test 86 Number refusing in 2017 39 2017 percent refusing 45.3% 2016 percent refusing 61.5% 2015 percent refusing N/A
district Riverhead Students eligible for 2017 test 2,390 Number refusing in 2017 809 2017 percent refusing 33.8% 2016 percent refusing 39.3% 2015 percent refusing 26.7%
district Rockville Centre Students eligible for 2017 test 1,633 Number refusing in 2017 1,019 2017 percent refusing 62.4% 2016 percent refusing 62.2% 2015 percent refusing 62.0%
district Rocky Point Students eligible for 2017 test 1,426 Number refusing in 2017 1,181 2017 percent refusing 82.8% 2016 percent refusing 78.5% 2015 percent refusing 77.3%
district Roosevelt Students eligible for 2017 test 1,452 Number refusing in 2017 182 2017 percent refusing 12.5% 2016 percent refusing 10.4% 2015 percent refusing 6.0%
district Roslyn Students eligible for 2017 test 1,406 Number refusing in 2017 505 2017 percent refusing 35.9% 2016 percent refusing 38.7% 2015 percent refusing 32.5%
district Sachem Students eligible for 2017 test 6,034 Number refusing in 2017 4,332 2017 percent refusing 71.8% 2016 percent refusing 70.2% 2015 percent refusing 63.7%
district Sag Harbor Students eligible for 2017 test 465 Number refusing in 2017 107 2017 percent refusing 23.0% 2016 percent refusing 34.2% 2015 percent refusing 28.2%
district Sagaponack*** Students eligible for 2017 test N/A Number refusing in 2017 N/A 2017 percent refusing N/A 2016 percent refusing N/A 2015 percent refusing 0.0%
district Sayville Students eligible for 2017 test 1,382 Number refusing in 2017 1,028 2017 percent refusing 74.4% 2016 percent refusing 77.0% 2015 percent refusing 67.9%
district Seaford Students eligible for 2017 test 1,040 Number refusing in 2017 715 2017 percent refusing 68.8% 2016 percent refusing 67.8% 2015 percent refusing 60.9%
district Sewanhaka Students eligible for 2017 test 2,663 Number refusing in 2017 1,037 2017 percent refusing 38.9% 2016 percent refusing N/A 2015 percent refusing 10.8%
district Shelter Island Students eligible for 2017 test 89 Number refusing in 2017 35 2017 percent refusing 39.3% 2016 percent refusing 46.1% 2015 percent refusing 46.7%
district Shoreham-Wading River Students eligible for 2017 test 1,051 Number refusing in 2017 807 2017 percent refusing 76.8% 2016 percent refusing 73.7% 2015 percent refusing 73.0%
district Smithtown Students eligible for 2017 test 4,250 Number refusing in 2017 2,525 2017 percent refusing 59.4% 2016 percent refusing 59.8% 2015 percent refusing 54.7%
district South Country Students eligible for 2017 test 2,052 Number refusing in 2017 1,202 2017 percent refusing 58.6% 2016 percent refusing N/A 2015 percent refusing 63.5%
district South Huntington Students eligible for 2017 test 2,735 Number refusing in 2017 1,243 2017 percent refusing 45.4% 2016 percent refusing 42.7% 2015 percent refusing 27.8%
district Southampton Students eligible for 2017 test 647 Number refusing in 2017 350 2017 percent refusing 54.1% 2016 percent refusing 34.0% 2015 percent refusing 48.7%
district Southold Students eligible for 2017 test N/A Number refusing in 2017 N/A 2017 percent refusing N/A 2016 percent refusing 57.1% 2015 percent refusing 58.5%
district Springs Students eligible for 2017 test 457 Number refusing in 2017 147 2017 percent refusing 32.2% 2016 percent refusing 23.2% 2015 percent refusing 17.2%
district Syosset Students eligible for 2017 test 3,032 Number refusing in 2017 1,193 2017 percent refusing 39.3% 2016 percent refusing 47.0% 2015 percent refusing 33.4%
district Three Village Students eligible for 2017 test 2,832 Number refusing in 2017 1,911 2017 percent refusing 67.5% 2016 percent refusing 65.0% 2015 percent refusing 51.8%
district Tuckahoe Students eligible for 2017 test 210 Number refusing in 2017 97 2017 percent refusing 46.2% 2016 percent refusing 35.9% 2015 percent refusing 16.4%
district Uniondale Students eligible for 2017 test N/A Number refusing in 2017 N/A 2017 percent refusing N/A 2016 percent refusing N/A 2015 percent refusing N/A
district Valley Stream 13 Students eligible for 2017 test 1,288 Number refusing in 2017 514 2017 percent refusing 39.9% 2016 percent refusing N/A 2015 percent refusing 34.5%
district Valley Stream 24 Students eligible for 2017 test 657 Number refusing in 2017 370 2017 percent refusing 56.3% 2016 percent refusing 56.3% 2015 percent refusing 24.0%
district Valley Stream 30 Students eligible for 2017 test 939 Number refusing in 2017 196 2017 percent refusing 20.9% 2016 percent refusing 18.2% 2015 percent refusing 6.4%
district Valley Stream Central Students eligible for 2017 test 1,451 Number refusing in 2017 800 2017 percent refusing 55.1% 2016 percent refusing 53.3% 2015 percent refusing 27.3%
district Wainscott Students eligible for 2017 test 6 Number refusing in 2017 0 2017 percent refusing 0.0% 2016 percent refusing 0.0% 2015 percent refusing 0.0%
district Wantagh Students eligible for 2017 test 1,330 Number refusing in 2017 856 2017 percent refusing 64.4% 2016 percent refusing 61.9% 2015 percent refusing 47.1%
district West Babylon Students eligible for 2017 test 1,815 Number refusing in 2017 1,141 2017 percent refusing 62.9% 2016 percent refusing N/A 2015 percent refusing 50.5%
district West Hempstead Students eligible for 2017 test 880 Number refusing in 2017 331 2017 percent refusing 37.6% 2016 percent refusing 33.8% 2015 percent refusing 10.2%
district West Islip Students eligible for 2017 test 1,994 Number refusing in 2017 1,433 2017 percent refusing 71.9% 2016 percent refusing 68.6% 2015 percent refusing N/A
district Westbury Students eligible for 2017 test 2,272 Number refusing in 2017 714 2017 percent refusing 31.4% 2016 percent refusing 31.0% 2015 percent refusing 3.2%
district Westhampton Beach Students eligible for 2017 test 619 Number refusing in 2017 314 2017 percent refusing 50.7% 2016 percent refusing 48.9% 2015 percent refusing 41.9%
district William Floyd Students eligible for 2017 test 4,071 Number refusing in 2017 2,062 2017 percent refusing 50.7% 2016 percent refusing 50.4% 2015 percent refusing 40.8%
district Wyandanch Students eligible for 2017 test N/A Number refusing in 2017 N/A 2017 percent refusing N/A 2016 percent refusing N/A 2015 percent refusing 10.2%

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