Friday, May 27, 2016

Opt-Out Movement Forces Legislatures to Scrap Standardized Tests

...while it might not be seen as part of the culture wars, it certainly inflamed the passions of those who didn't want Washington or even their state's government involved in their local classrooms....

Monty Neill, the executive director of Fair Test, the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, said May 9 that parents pulled more than 670,000 students out of standardized tests in 2015.

“This intense grassroots pressure is beginning to force policymakers to roll back standardized exam misuse and overuse,” said Neill. “The opt-out movement and other assessment reform initiatives exploded across the country this year as more parents said ‘enough is enough’ to high-stakes testing overkill.”