You can read the whole article at USA Today about the huge number of opt-outs in New York State. But this gem of a quote from the state director of Democrats for Education Reform - one Nicole Brisbane - reveals the REAL issue about opt-outs:
"Schools are one of the biggest differentiators of value in the
suburbs," she said. "How valuable will a house be in Scarsdale when it
isn't clear that Scarsdale schools are doing any better than the rest of
Westchester or even the state? Opting out of tests only robs parents of
that crucial data."
You can't make this stuff up.
For those of you who may not know, Scarsdale is a fairly upper-crust town in north of NYC. The median income for a family there is about $290K.
Interestingly, here's what one superintendent in Cold Spring, NU had to say:
"Parents want to have a say in their child's education and this is one way they feel they can be heard," she said.