Here’s a short and sweet list on topic, and I hope others will suggest additional links.
I’ll be adding list to A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists On Parent Engagement.
Parent Jiggernaut Follow-Up: Opting out vs. Opting In is a thoughtful post by Rachel Levy.
Wary of standardized testing, parents are increasingly opting their kids out of exams is from The Washington Post.
“Parents sign petition against use of FCAT” is the headline of a Miami Herald article.
The article begins:
The petition, gaining traction in parts of Florida and around the country, urges education administrators to rely less on standardized tests and use other measures to evaluate students, schools and teachers.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools has instituted 52 new standardized tests, and parents are up in arms about it.
You can read about it in The Washington Post at School district field-tests 52 (yes, 52) new tests on kids.
You can also visit the website of the parents group organizing against them — Mecklenburg ACTS.
‘What we’ve got here is failure to communicate’ is an excellent post by Carol Burris in The Washington Post.
In it, she criticizes many who blame the fact that more and more parents are “opting out” of having their children take standardized tests solely on “communication” issues:
It is all seen as just a failure to communicate. And therein lies the problem. The focus on communication, rather than on a response to concerns, demonstrates a lack of faith in the ability of parents and teachers to understand what is occurring. Parents understand the high-stakes testing rationale. They just don’t buy it. The interpretation of grassroots parental opposition as a “communication failure” communicates arrogance. It is the ultimate “nanny state” response—you do not understand what we know, and what we know and do are best for you.
Turn On, Tune In, Opt Out is an article in The Nation about the growing popularity of efforts by parents to have their children “opt-out” of taking standardized tests.
Chicago Teachers Union urges parents to oppose standardized tests for young kids is an article in the Chicago Sun-Times about a teacher/parent campaign against the pressure of standardized tests:
When Parents Yank Their Kids Out of Standardized Tests is an article in the Atlantic, by Alexander Russo, that gives a good overview of the “opt-out” movement.
The Defiant Parents: Testing’s Discontents is an excellent piece in The New Yorker.
Here’s an excerpt:
Parents who complain about testing—particularly affluent, educated ones—are easily derided, as they were by Arne Duncan, President Obama’s Education Secretary, a few months ago, when he described critics of the Common Core as “white suburban moms who—all of a sudden—[find] their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were.” But parents who challenge the status quo on testing are not motivated by a deluded pride in their children’s unrecognized accomplishments, or by a fear that their property values will diminish if their schools’ scores’ drop. They are, in many cases, driven by a conviction that a child’s performance on a standardized test is an inadequate, unreliable measure of that child’s knowledge, intelligence, aptitude, diligence, and character—and a still more unreliable measure of his teachers’ effort, skill, perseverance, competence, and kindness.
Most States Lack Opt-Out Policies – But Parents Find A Way is a very interesting and useful post by Alexander Russo.
The post gives a very good overview of state laws on “opting out” of standardized tests.