When talking to folks about my family's decision to opt our children out of standardized testing (UPDATE #1: we must now "refuse" testing, as there is no "opt out" option in the state of NH) I find myself answering the same ten questions about the tests, my parenting philosophy, the Common Core State Standards, and the entire… Continue reading 10 Q&As About Opting Out
There are a myriad of reasons why families and students decide to opt out or refuse standardized testing. Some refuse because they resent the number of hours teachers spend testing (and "preparing") students when they could be engaging in more meaningful instruction and assessment. Some refuse because they are frequently tied to teacher evaluation, which… Continue reading Um, Yeah–It Actually IS about Testing
My husband and I are in shock. We have just received a letter from our children's superintendent and elementary school principal denying our request to opt our children out of their state standardized testing, most notably the NECAP and the upcoming Smarter Balanced assessment. This, from a NH district (Live Free or Die!) that many… Continue reading “Live Free or Die?” Not When It Comes to Opting Out.