We will win because the tide is turning as students, teachers, parents, and communities organize to fight high-stakes testing and privatization.—Diane Ravitch
Over 500,000 Students Opted Out of Standardized Testing
State Opt-Out Statistics
- New York: 240,000
- New Jersey: 110,000+
- Colorado: 100,000
- Washington: 50,000+
- Oregon: 20,000
- Illinois: 20,000
- New Mexico: 10,000
Wait a Minute, Where is Tennessee?????????
Oh yeah! Remember last Spring when the Tennessee Department of Education said that Tennessee parents can't opt their kids out of standardized testing because they chose to enroll their kids in public school? Christy Ballard, the big-shot state lawyer was pretty clear in her memo that if parents wanted to have control over their child's education, they would have to home school or private school. We could ask State Education Commissioner Candice McQueen if that's true. But what would she know about the rights of public school students? Her kids go to a private Christian school.
Then in the summer, we all found out about the (not-so) quick scores being calculated with a NEW formula and some magical test scores. So, Momma Bear and others called for testing reforms and more transparency. And we wondered if TNDOE would really be Tennessee Ready for these new online assessments?