Florida Says Parents Can’t Opt Out Their Kids from Standardized Tests

Pam Stewart, the commissioner of education in Florida, wrote a letter to state Sen. Don Gaetz (R), the president of the Florida Senate in the last legislative session, about the issue of parents opting their children out of state-mandated standardized testing. She says that only in very rare cases can parents opt out their children from state-mandated standardized tests because there is no provision in the law for such an action.

As the number and importance of mandated standardized tests has grown in recent years, an “opt out” movement has developed across the country. Tens of thousands of parents last year chose to keep their children from taking state-mandated standardized tests used for “accountability” purposes, and a small but growing number of teachers have declared that they will refuse to administer tests they think have no value to teachers or students.

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

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