Can I have my child opt-out of state exams?
Will my local school be hurt by refusing the test?
Yes, HST have been around since NCLB went into effect in 2002. NCLB was met with some resistance for its over reliance on testing, but many remained hopeful with its ideals. After more than a decade of failure, now RTTT has made the stakes higher by increasing the number and length of tests given while also tying student test scores to teacher evaluations. Since tests are now inappropriately used to evaluate teachers there is pressure to create tests for grades K-2 as well as in subjects currently not tested by standardized tests. This overemphasis on testing is costly and time consuming. It takes both money and instructional time away from rich learning experiences for our children.
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