This teacher will not allow her children in pre-K and K to be tested. If everyone opted out, the testing regime would collapse.
I have been a high school teacher for 16 years. My own children begin pre-K and K this year. I have already informed their schools that my children will be “ill” on standardized test days. I had to take this route because as far as I can find, WA does not have an “opt out” opportunity for testing. The pre-K and K teachers voiced the concern that if the kids were absent the they would be counted as a zero for test scores and that would reflect badly on their teaching ability. My response was that I have very few methods to protest standardized testing and one easy method is to simply not allow my student to be tested. I also said that I would encourage as many other parents as possible to keep their students home on testing days as possible.
I choose this school for my child because in my innovative district this is one of two Montessori programs offered pre-K-8. I want the school to continue to succeed but not on the backs of students who spend too much time testing. Until it can be shown that academic standards improve educational outcomes and that testing is a fair assessment of learning, my children will be absent. I hope all parents are willing to stand up for the rights of their children.