Every night, Dorothy Genazzio of Henrietta helps her daughter Sammi with homework, preparing for an end-of-the-year state issued standardized test that her daughter will never take.
"She was having a lot of trouble with the work, crying every night," Dorothy said.
Dorothy is part of a handful of parents whose child attends Rush-Henrietta that did not allow them to take the state test last year. This year will be no different.
"The whole school year revolves around the standardized test."
Some parents throughout Monroe County kept their children home Monday to send a message. Even though Dorothy thinks the test is an unnecessary stress on young children, she sent her daughter to school.
"I'm not going to put her in the middle. This is an adult decision."
Dorothy says Rush-Henrietta punished her daughter for not taking the exam last year. She said Sammi would have to sit through the entire test and go to the principal's office during recess for a two-week period.
When you only get ten minutes a day for recess, spending it with the principal is a big deal to a 12-year-old.
Supporters of the Common Core say there are growing pains as we come out of a mediocre state standard to a higher level of achievement, but for a fourth grader, it can be daunting.
"I'd feel really sad, and I'd feel like I'm not a smart person," Sammi said.
We reached out to Rush-Henrietta but could not reach them for comment. We spoke with various districts throughout the county but no one reported an increase in absences Monday.