Many parents in New York have spoken out against the state tests in recent days, and there is much buzz about opting out.

State officials have advised parents to expect a big drop in passing rates. These tests are really hard, they warn. They have even given parents advice about how to calm their students before and after the tests.

My grandson is in first grade in public school in Brooklyn. He is not yet testing bait I hope his parents keep him home on testing day when he reaches third grade. Data feeds the privatization machine.

I supported the teachers at Garfield High in Seattle. I hope that there are entire faculties of teachers not only in New York but across the nation who refuse to give the tests.

Tests don’t teach. Teachers teach.

Tests steal time from instruction.

Teachers should write their own tests to cover what they taught, not what some corporation thinks they should have taught.