Update: will you look at that? Another Florida district is considering this idea (Palm Beach County School Board).
“They say testing has gotten out of control and creates too much
pressure for students and teachers. After discussing the opt-out idea at
a recent meeting, board members asked their lawyers for further study.
They will discuss it again at a workshop in the next few weeks.
“Sometimes it takes an act of civil disobedience to move forward,”
School Board member Karen Brill said. “We must explore the consequences,
but we cannot allow fear to hold us back.”
In what can only be called unbelievable courage, a school district in Florida, Lee County, has voted to opt the entire district out of Common Core testing.
The school board vote was 3-2 with the superintendent warning, "This will hurt children."
Throughout the tense three-hour meeting, more than 33 people came forward to share their thoughts on the matter.
came to a head when mother Lori Jenkins took the stand. She said her
son was on leave from school due to a terminal heart condition, yet the
district still sent someone to proctor the FCAT exam at his home. The
audience gasped with disgust.
Keith Martin, the board's attorney, was not sure that there were any
"immediate, clear" consequences to the action. He said it was possible
the Governor could remove the school board members from their positions
"Go ahead and remove me from my position," Armstrong said. "I'm a plumber. I deal with worse things every day."
He also said:
"Sometimes it takes an act of civil disobedience to move forward," said Armstrong. "We cannot allow the fear to hold us back."
The meeting adjourned without discussion regarding what test – if any –
will now be used in place of the state tests. The board members did not
address if the decision will include charter schools.
In case you were wondering what these Common Core tests are like, here's your chance to take one yourself.
From Anthony Cody's Living in Dialogue (about Chicago teachers and their possible test boycott):
We have a saying in the testing resistance movement – don’t feed the
beast, starve the data monster.