After Common Core, Will This Still Be America?


rotten to the core

Check out what happened to one parent who went to a public meeting and asked an ‘unauthorized question’ about Common Core:

What do you think about a school district that authorizes this kind of thuggishness at a public meeting?

Some parents have taken to opting their children out of the burdensome standardized testing required by Race to the Top and Common Core. Some states allow parents to opt-out but, in New York, the attorneys say it is not permitted.

The repercussions of too many parents opting-out will result in an unprecedented attack on the school district and the child.

From The New York State Attorneys’ Association:

Consequences for refusals and options for school districts
Contrary to the claims of some anti-testing advocates, there are potential consequences for students and districts when students fail to participate in state testing. First, in accordance with NCLB, New York State requires each district to have participation of at least 95 percent of a school as well as subgroups of students that are evaluated in the state’s accountability system. If a district does not reach this level of participation, it will not make “Adequate Yearly Progress” (AYP), and a district’sTitle I funding will be affected. In addition, there may be intervention consequences for districts that fail to meet AYP.

Furthermore, districts’ policies and procedures for determining enrollment and promotion may be triggered. For example, a district’s procedures for promotion to the next grade may be based on a student’s level of achievement on a state assessment. In addition, districts may make determinations for enrollment into honors courses/programs or gifted and talented programs based on students’ performances on state assessments.

Finally, under newly adopted Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) plans, student achievement on state assessments will be a portion of a teacher’s performance evaluation. Specifically, student achievement comprises 40 percent of teacher and principal evaluations, with part of that percent dependent on student growth on state assessments or comparable measures. However, it is unknown whether student refusals to take any state assessments will be considered in this calculation under APPR. Without SED guidance on these open issues, districts face the unknown should a significant number of students refuse to participate in state assessments.

After this paragraph, they go on with a stress-inducing list of strategies the district might employ to bully parents into giving over their rights which the state insists they don’t have. Take it all as a threat if you want to because it appears to be exactly that. If enough parents resist, their bully tactics will be laid bare and we will see what they are capable of as if these threats aren’t enough.

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