Another day at school for students in central New York but today in some cases it was a classroom divided.

April 5th, 2016 marks the start of state wide testing and continues the long spread debate for parents who would allow their students to pick up the pencils and those who choose to opt-out. The numbers shifting low in some districts, Little Falls at 17-19% and Utica at 25%, both dropping from last years numbers.

 While other districts like New York Mills (66%) and the opt-out capital of the state Dolgeville coming in at 88.5 remain at over half their student population.

However, the for the Utica City School District, their numbers are too high. The district has a school on focus status they are required to have 95% of students testing to complete the required annual yearly progress which puts their current road to good standing at risk and more schools under the microscope.

 ” If you don’t make that over a period of three years there is a chance that those schools can become focus schools. We are hoping that because of these refusals that the state doesn’t take that rigid stance because we may have schools that don’t make A.Y.P because of refusals which is unfortunate because the students had taken the tests and produced on those tests the schools would remain in good standing. So we will just have to wait and see what happens down the road. “

Eyewitness News reached out to Whitesboro, New Hartford, Herkimer and Oriskany central school districts, their numbers are not yet available.