Why Opt Out of High-Stakes Tests?
Across New York City, NY State and across the nation, parents and educators are increasingly concerned about the effects of high-stakes testing. Testing has crowded out history, music, art, world languages, physical education and even science to expand the time available for test prep.
Parents opt their children out of the annual state ELA and math tests for a variety of reasons. Whatever your reason, opting your child out sends a strong message to policymakers that excessive testing, with high stakes attached, is not in our children’s best interest.
Opting out is a strategy — not an end in and of itself. Opting out will not prevent our children’s education from being taken over by test prep. But it’s the best strategy parents have to disrupt the system!