Written and edited by Norm Scott:
EDUCATE! ORGANIZE!! MOBILIZE!!!
Three pillars of The Resistance – providing information on current ed issues, organizing activities around fighting for public education in NYC and beyond and exposing the motives behind the education deformers. We link up with bands of resisters. Nothing will change unless WE ALL GET INVOLVED IN THE STRUGGLE!
• Make the decision. As a parent, it is your right to direct your child’s education.
• Submit your OPT OUT letter. See the Sample Opt Out letter below.
testing days, either send your child to school with
alternative work, or keep them home. It’s a great time for students to
pursue their own learning interests, visit museums or get caught up on
some rest and relaxation.
are respectfully notifying _______(your
child’s school) that __________(your child’s name) will not be
participating in PARCC or CMAS testing. (She/He) has alternative work
is prepared to complete (his/her) studies in the library.
We fully trust ______ (student’s name) teachers
and their assessment of our childs' educational progress and needs.
support a meaningful education, one filled with
passion, inquiry, research, discourse, higher-level thinking - all
wonderful and essential elements of learning cultivated by the excellent
in _______(school district) - and those very conditions that High-stakes
testing jeopardizes. When it comes to accountability, parents are the
line of defense and it is our job to advocate for our children, a
quality education, and worthwhile assessments.
PS - Please make this
part of our child’s permanent file.
10 Reasons for Parents to OPT OUT of PARCC
child is not a guinea pig – PARCC tests are not proven reliable valid measures.
You value experiential collaborative learning –
Standardized tests reinforce the lowest levels of thinking and learning.
want more money for your child’s classroom
and more time for instruction – Government mandated testing has created a
1.7 billion testing market and a monopoly for Pearson with zero return
for taxpayers and zero benefits for students. By the time your child
graduates from high-school they will have spent the equivalent of one
year taking standardized tests.
You trust teachers – standardized tests are graded by temporary workers and have a long record of
failures that incorrectly label students and create barriers to future opportunities.
agree students should not be labeled at early
stages in development – standardized tests are not developmentally
appropriate, especially for young children. Students’ progress at
different rates and have unique talents and abilities that fall outside
of shaded bubble measurement tools.
believe in an equitable education
system – socioeconomic status has the highest correlation to test
scores. Tying indicators of school or teacher quality to test scores
incorrectly labels high-poverty schools as failing and unfairly rewards
high-income schools reinforcing an unequal and increasingly divided
You understand the meaning of accountability – An informed and engaged citizenry is designed to
hold political representatives and government institutions accountable, not the other way around.
recognize that parents have the
right to direct their child’s education – Opting out is a means to
leverage power and assert that a student’s learning should be for
their own purposes.
are committed to protecting your child’s privacy – student data is sold
without your knowledge or consent. Massive amounts of data and metadata
are collected by these online tests; this data is currently not
privacy laws. Data will follow your child and be shared with third
parties through federal, State and corporate agencies. The collection
unregulated distribution of the data has the potential to interfere in
your child’s future opportunities for college, military and career.
had enough of testing and tracking – Instead of punishments and
sanctions you support curriculum and assessment choices and real
opportunities for students, teachers and families.