Education Week has an interesting article regarding standardized testing and parents “opting out” of testing for their child. The Common Core standardized assessments have created a significant increase in parents opting out. According to the No Child Left Behind Act which is currently being rewritten by Congress, school must test a minimum of 95% of their students or face sanctions. Since parents have a right to opt out, then what happens if schools do not meet the 95% testing rate? Should they face sanctions? Is the validity of the remaining scores skewed? Do you agree that parents should be allowed to opt out or that schools should be sanctioned? Just curious. 🙂
Public school employees are not allowed to suggest or recommend a parent opt out of testing and face disciplinary actions if they do. I can say that as a retired principal, it was always a concern for me as more and more parents would enter my office and tell me their child would not be taking the standardized tests. I also knew how many students could opt out without affecting my school’s scores.