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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Oregon's Governor Signs Parent& Student Opt-Out Bill

Kind of a ying/yang reaction from Opt-Out Oregon:

Today, Oregon Governor Kate Brown sent out a media release announcing she has signed House Bill 2655 into law. This is welcome news, and expands the rights of students & parents to opt-out of high-stakes testing. Some elements here have us concerned, though. The statement wrings its hand over the possible loss of federal funding if the opt-out rate gets too high. Additionally, there are elements that point to an ongoing effort to intimidate parents & students from opting out. 

Frankly, if educators and administrators don't have a good case to make that parents understand and believe, all the talking in the world on the subject of assessments will mean nothing. 


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I liked the Opt Out Oregon line: "High stakes testing is not a realm or reason, it is a hostage taking situation." Good analogy.

Jan

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