When Students Opt Out, What Are the Policy Implications? – Education Week

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.

When Students Opt Out, What Are the Policy Implications? – Education Week.


About Lucy Salerno

I have been a resident of Fairfield for over 25 years and have 30 years’ teaching experience in California K – 6 schools. I have been a music teacher, band and choral director, elementary teacher in grades K – 6, a district level technology coordinator teaching, and an elementary school administrator. In 2011, my most recent school, Scandia Elementary, on Travis Air Force Base, was awarded the California Distinguished School Award for work and programs implemented under my watch. Because of my broad educational background, I know and understand what is needed in today's difficult educational environment. I have taught writing to children in numerous grades as a core subject as well as integrating writing into other curricula areas. I retired a few years ago from the Travis Unified School District, I love working with children, and am now dedicating my services and skills in support of your children. Through love and patience, I hope to understand a child's needs, meet them where they are, build self-confidence and develop a life-long love of learning.
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