Abington, MA passed their town article last night to get rid of Common Core and PARCC, and return to proven education standards. They join Brookfield, Halifax, Hampden, Hanson, Holland, Lakeville, Norfolk, Tewksbury, Uxbridge, Whitman, Wilbraham.
So where is Governor Hassan and your local Superintendent? Still pushing the inferior Common Core Standards and Smarter Balanced Assessment on your kids?
Here is an article about the PARCC in NJ and how parents are just starting to wake up about the nightmare that is Common Core aligned standardized testing. The last paragraph states that the districts are required to have 95% of the student population take the test and the uncertainty of what the ramifications are if they do not meet that number.
We know that here in NH Commissioner Barry is trying to strong arm parents via the district administrations into thinking that refusing the test is not an option. We suggest sending a REFUSAL letter to your child’s school principal this week refusing the SBAT.
If you choose to NOT opt out, we HIGHLY encourage you to sit in on the classes as your children go through the testing.
We are hearing from teachers that the process is taking a real toll on SOME of the children and if your child happens to be one of those kids, you will at least have an option to step in at that point.
The Norfolk School Committee approved and sent a letter responding to the Department’s legal opinion banning parental opt out that supports parents’ right to opt their children out of PARCC pilot testing.
The Wachusett School Committee has adopted a policy that allows for parental opting out of testing not mandated by state or federal law and has taken the position that this includes the PARCC pilot. They have communicated this by letter to the Department.
The Worcester School Committee unanimously voted to respond the the Department’s legal opinion by letter, supporting parents’ rights to opt their children out of the PARCC pilot. They also requested that administration forward a clear protocol of how those students would be handled to be forwarded to the Committee, parents, teachers, and administrators. [Update: On March 21, the Worcester School Committee revisited the proposed letter and voted not to take this action. There was no change in the policy allowing parents to opt out of PARCC pilot testing.]