As the nation gets into its standardized testing season, the number of parents, in districts throughout the nation, that are opting their children out is growing.
In a story from Chalkbeat Colorado, one mom was very clear on her wishes for her daughter. When the school ignored them - placing her daughter in an office with adults who were talking to her about the test and refusing to allow that child back in class AFTER testing was done - well, you watch the video.
It's funny because a letter sent out to superintendents that had a series of "misconceptions" seemed to also have its own problems.
Angela Engel, a former Colorado teacher is became an author and parent activist said this:
Parents are sick and tired of the commercialization of our child’s education,” Engel said, explaining just one of the many arguments of parents who want to opt-out their students. “They are not for profit. The policies around high-stakes testing is making a lot of money for the test publishers like Pearson. Kids don’t have lobbyists. It falls to the parents to protect their interest. Too many commercial interests including consultants, data managers and curriculum publishers are benefiting.”
In the end, the district apologized to the parent and their assessment staff "received further clarification."
A related story is what Denver students are saying via social media about the testing. One high school tweeted the testing schedule which has a silver, black and blue day. Black and blue, very telling.
The bottom line is you are supposed to do whatever you are told as a public school parent by your school, your district, your state.
The REAL bottom line is you are the final voice on your child. In my opinion, that parents are exercising this voice is all for the better.