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Principals complain that Common Core is causing students to vomit and defecate

In this Jan. 16, 2013 file photo, concerned grandparent Sue Lile, of Carmel, Ind., shows her opposition to Common Core standards during a rally at the State House rotunda in Indianapolis. Some states are pushing back against the new set of uniform benchmarks for reading, writing and math that replace a hodgepodge of of goals that had varied wildly from state to state and are being widely implemented this school year in most states. (AP/The Star, Frank Espich)

According to the Washington Post, a group of principals from across New York state have drafted a collaborative letter to parents expressing concerns over Common Core standardized tests. In only a few weeks' time, "more than 530 other principals and nearly 3,000 parents and teachers have signed in support," the Post reports.

After the tests were given to students this past spring, the principals point out that not only did their students' performance levels drop by 30 percentage points, but that many students were "viscerally" reacting to the tests:

We know that many children cried during or after testing, and others vomited or lost control of their bowels or bladders. Others simply gave up. One teacher reported that a student kept banging his head on the desk, and wrote, “This is too hard,” and “I can’t do this,” throughout his test booklet.

Read the full letter of concerns here.

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