Almost half of SPS 11th graders did not take the test. What's interesting is that Issaquah had 82% of their 11th graders saying no followed by Enumclaw at 78, followed by Snoqualmie Valley at 75%.
The highest? Bainbridge Island with 90%. (High participation in taking the test was seen in Bellevue, Renton, Tacoma and Spokane.)
The overall number for the state was about 27% for 11th graders but OSPI believes that number could climb when they finally release the testing results sometime next month. Only 5% of 3-8th graders opted out but I'm sure that will change next spring. (Bainbridge had the highest opt-out rate for this group at 20%).
I find these results interesting because it isn't just wealthy white school districts as has been said about other places in the nation. Hmm.
The Times has a great quote from the state deputy superintendent who saying the refusals were based on confusion over the tests.
"Everybody is afraid of the unknown, so there's been some lashing out against it," Mendoza said.There's nothing like saying adults are scared of testing. It's not fear - it's concern, it's evidence from other states out ahead of us in the use of the test and it's overtesting. But sure, make it about fear which is what the ed reform crowd likes to frequently say on any number of issues.