Why the movement to opt out of Common Core tests is a big deal

Sacred Heart Greenwich Middle School Faculty Blog

The Washington Post

By Valerie Strauss, May 3, 2015

The movement among parents to refuse to allow their children to take Common Core-aligned standardized tests has been growing in a number of states, as recent Answer Sheet posts have chronicled (here and here, for example). As opt-out numbers have grown, so too has reaction from officials who argue that frequent testing is valuable and that school districts could lose federal funds if too many students refuse to take the test (a threat that appears to be based on shaky ground.) Though testing supporters have attempted to minimize the importance and impact of the opt-out movement, it is having a big impact, as explained in the following post by award-winning New York Principal Carol Burris.

Burris, of South Side High School in Rockville Centre, was named New York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School…

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