Here are some links for parents who have questions regarding the Opt Out movement and MCAS/PARCC in Massachusetts.
You may be thinking, “It will hurt the school if my child doesn’t take this test.” Our children don’t work for the schools. It’s time to turn that argument around. The schools have an obligation to educate and protect children, which they are not upholding when they allow standardized testing to dictate what happens in the school day. And they are being forced to do that by testing corporations. The only way you can hit corporations where it hurts is in their pocket – which you can do by not allowing your children to be their laborers.
If you read nothing else on this page, please read the following link:
If you decide to refuse for your child, they can carry this sticker with them so the teachers know they’re not taking the tests.
The fight is not over when you opt out. Please consider joining the movement to stop common core and support the ballot initiative (which is being heavily attacked by the same people making money off public education). Information can be found here. The article in this link shows what we are up against in MA in trying to eliminate common core from our educational system.
Monomoy High officials cry foul over state test ranking (DESE uses PARCC scores they promised not to and drops Monomoy schools into lower tier)
Opt Out! from the Bill Newman Show: the 7th grader who started a movement in her Amherst school (skip to 43:00)
Recommendation on Student Assessment from Mitchell Chester (who is still on the Governing Board of Pearson, which makes 40% of national budget spent on testing, and who actually sat in hearings with teachers and saw them cry about what the tests are doing to their students but went forth with this proposal)
UP Charter network, which will open a school in Springfield, gave out 68 suspensions to kindergartners last year
Commissioner’s Weekly Update, Refusals to Take an Assessment (the commissioner says children should not be punished for refusing)
Arguments for Refusing
An explanation of the pineapple question (at 20:00)
The Cost of Testing, and Who’s Making Money
Public Schools, Public Money, and Charter Schools
What happens when you let young, inexperienced teachers take over classrooms? Idealism is wonderful, but trying to change evolution is slightly beyond your reach, young lady.
And finally, what students can do when they are inspired.