The Network for Public Education is calling for a national Opt Out of high stakes standardized testing, supporting the tens of thousands of parents and children nation wide, who will be refusing to participate the annual tests.
Diane Ravitch, who is the President of the board of NPE, explains in a video why parents should have their students opt-out of tests this year.
Also be sure to read W. James Popham’s op/ed in Education Week. He points out that the fatal flaw with educational assessments is that they often use the wrong type of test – ones that focus on comparison. Popham writes, “tests built chiefly for comparisons are not suitable for purposes of instruction or evaluation of instructional quality in education. These tests provide teachers with few instructional insights and typically lead to inaccurate evaluations of a teacher’s instructional quality.”