Parents Choosing To “Opt Out” Of Standardized Tests

Read the state superintendent’s letter about opting out.

Some Parents Choosing To “Opt Out” Of Standardized Tests.

The Washington Post (1/31, Strauss) reports that as the number and importance of mandated standardized tests has proliferated in recent years, an “opt out” movement has sprung up throughout the US. “Tens of thousands of parents last year chose to keep their children from taking state-mandated standardized tests used for ‘accountability’ purposes,” and a growing number of teachers, albeit small in absolute numbers, have declared that they will “refuse to administer tests they think have no value to teachers or students.” The Post focuses the article on Florida and state Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart, who says that parents can only opt their children out of standardized tests in very rare instances


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