(WOIO) - Ohio students may not like it, but the eyes of the education nation in this country are focused on them. This week, they start taking a new standardized test that may some day be the national standard.
The questions are Common Core Education based. Instead of asking a child what 9+6 is, they ask the child to use a new form of critical thinking to show they understand the equation.
Gina Young, of Seville, is standing up for her third grader.
"We are opting him out," Young said.
Young has told her school to pull her son from taking the test.
"I feel the testing is inappropriate at this point. If we don't know why we're testing students for college and career preparedness in the third grade and we don't know who's getting the results, we don't know what they're going to be used for," worries Young. "There's too many questions."
This latest test, being called PARCC, or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, is just a sample right now. It's being given in addition to all the other standardized tests your child is already taking. PARCC appears to be trying to set a national standard for grades three through high school.
Young says she's spoken with several teachers who say there's too much testing of our kids and that this test is too hard, but those teachers are too afraid to stand up and say so.
"They can't speak out about it because their job is on the line. For some reason, the state is kind of strong arming teachers and districts into implementing PARCC," said Young.
Young has even started an online petition to ask Governor John Kasich to repeal Common Core learning and the PARCC. In just five days, they've reached more than 1000 signatures.
"There's been a lot of people who have replied and really even some from out of state," said Young.
Parents are worried such a difficult test will be used at some point as a national standard and used to hold some students back. Teachers are worried it's a test so difficult, it will be used to gauge them as professionals. So far, 45 states have signed on to use the PARCC.