Thursday, March 17, 2016

Opting Out of SBAC Because of McCleary

As the McCleary Crime Scene-Special Session says: if the legislature can opt-out of fully funding schools, why can't parents opt-out of the state test?

A good reason to boycott the SBAC this year.

6 comments:

Charlie Mas said...

You can opt out of SBAC, but it will disqualify a student from entry to Advanced Learning.

Lynn said...

Charlie,

That is one of many changes teaching and learning staff will bring to the C&I committee in April. That particular change is not in alignment with the superintendent procedure for advanced learning.

Anonymous said...

Is there a link to the SBAC opt out form for SPS?

Old school was cool w/just an email, but new one seems a bit more by-the-book formal.

Thanks,
OPTOUT

A.Samuelsen said...

Please check out the top post on the Seattle Opt Out Facebook page to read the latest on opt out letters in Seattle!
AS

Lynn said...

From the main body of the Friday Memo:

Assessments – As reported at the March 9th work session, Smarter Balanced assessments are beginning in March with most of the testing in April and May. We will again be sending a memo to parents. Board members have raised questions about use of the assessments for gifted selection. We will try to parse that wording carefully. SBA results are not required (you could be recommended by a teacher); however you may not be screened into the initial process if you don’t take the test and you aren’t recommended by a teacher. If you are recommended by the teacher you still need to take an approved test (at added district expense) to meet the standardized portion of the selection requirement.

So - no you don't have to take the SBAC to qualify for advanced learning. You have to take an achievement test and they'd prefer we same them money by using the SBAC.

Melissa Westbrook said...

Well that seems weird but I'm sure they legally can lay out the rules they want.

However, this below, is still at the bottom of the Eligibility page:

Please note: Those who opt out of District achievement testing are also opting out of Advanced Learning eligibility.