Yes, it is 4:30 in the morning. I am about to wake up my Very Excited School of the Arts (SOTA) 8th grader so she can get ready for the school trip to D.C.
At this early hour, I’m thinking about the SOTA 7th graders who will be asked to take the Pearson ELA field testing the week of June 4-7. Here is a list of what is great about opting out of testing (instead of focusing on the evils of standardized testing).
1. Opting out of testing is free! It costs nothing to opt out of testing.
2. When a student opts out of testing, she exerts a bit of control over her crazy world.
3. The student who opts out gives her teacher the opportunity to voice support of a classroom without high stakes testing.
4. When a student opts out of testing, he builds relationships between parents and teachers.
5. When a student opts out of testing, she finds common ground with her parents.
6. When a student opts out of testing, he begins a meaningful conversation with his teachers.
7. Opting out is a direct action aimed specifically at a practice that harms children.
Please do add your thoughts....
Here's a link to the State Education Department's list of schools participating in the Pearson field tests: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/apda/fieldtest/