Preliminary figures indicate that at least 33,000 students opted out of state tests in New York.
This is a huge increase from last year, when only a few hundred students refused to take the tests.
Given the growing criticism of the tests, which many teachers and principals say were “terrible” or developmentally inappropriate, the opt put movement will continue to grow.
It is an awful burden to place on children to tell them–and, yes, they know– that their test score will determine whether their teacher will be fired or their school will be closed.
As more states begin taking the Common Core-aligned tests, more parents will say no. We have heard from industry spokesmen that the online tests will be data mining, collecting information about children for future use, perhaps for vendors. Parents will say, “No thanks.” And they are right.