I didn’t think opting out of testing would be a big deal; boy, was I wrong

I didn’t think opting out of testing would be a big deal; boy, was I wrong

Until the ESEA/NCLB is revised then schools will be held to that 95% testing rule. In the school where I teach, our assistant principal hunts down every kid who was absent to take the test(s) they miss on make up days. And in the states where teacher evaluation is connected to student test scores (in some states it’s half of a teacher’s evaluation), then teachers want students who are successful to take the tests. Mrs. McElroy’s administrator friend is right though–it will take parents really organizing and opting out en masse to force legislators to look at repercussions of the policies they enact.

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