New York State will not allow parents to refuse Common Core testing of their child.
One parent on Long Island sent a letter to the Rocky Point School District advising them that she would not allow her child to take the Common Core tests. She said in part:
Based on our research and observations of our children, these tests are not a developmentally appropriate way to assess our children. Child Psychologists, Early Childhood Experts, Educators, Administrators, and Parents in every state of the country join us in public debates detailing the damages such tests can cause to our young learners and our public schools. As Parents, we feel this district is over testing our young children and using far too many high stakes tests to satisfy the data analysis needs of NYSED and The Next Step Plan. We will not allow our children to be used for these administrative purposes any longer. Our children will not participate in any assessments other than those solely for the use of the individual classroom teacher, which they have selected and/or created and use to inform their instruction.
We refuse to allow any data to be used for purposes other than the individual teacher’s own formative or cumulative assessment. Any assessment whose data is used to determine school ranking, teacher effectiveness, state or federal longitudinal studies or any other purpose other than for the individual classroom teacher’s own use to improve his or her instruction will not be presented to our young children.
The following is the letter received by the parent from the school district in response.
Parents have no rights any longer, apparently.
Parents need to keep their children home on test days and make up days. This isn’t acceptable.