For weeks the Malloy administration has been engaged in an immoral and unethical campaign to mislead parents into believing they do not have the right to opt their children out of the Common Core Smarter Balanced Assessment Field Test of a test.
Now it appears that some school districts are punishing those students who were opted out.
In what may be the most disturbing development to date, parents and students are reporting that some local school administrators are punishing students whose parents have opted their children out of the inappropriate Common Core test.
At Cheshire High School, for example, all of the high school juniors whose parents chose not to allow them to participate in the Common Core test were sent to a study hall. However, according to students and parents, rather than follow standard study hall policies where student can quietly utilize their computers and other electronic devices, Cheshire High School administrators prohibited students from using their devices. Students could not even use their laptops to finish homework.
Meanwhile, a school administrator in a school in eastern Connecticut told a parent who asked about alternative plans for students that had been opted out that there would be no accommodations made, whatsoever, for any student who opted out of the Common Core Smarter Balanced Assessment Test.
Connecticut law and regulations require certified school administrators to uphold the Connecticut Code of Professional Responsibility for School Administrators. Those who fail can be disciplined or even have their certification revoked.
The code states that,
The professional school administrator, in full recognition of obligation to the student, shall:
(1) Make the well-being of students the fundamental value in all decision making and actions;
(2) Recognize, respect and uphold the dignity and worth of students as individuals and deal justly and considerately with students;
(3) Promote in students pursuit of truth, knowledge and wisdom, and provide access to all points of view without deliberate distortion of subject matter;
(4) Nurture in students lifelong respect and compassion for themselves and other human beings regardless of race, ethnic origin, gender, social class, disability, religion or sexual orientation;
(5) Foster in students the full understanding, application and preservation of democratic principles and processes;
(6) Guide students to acquire the required skills and understandings for participatory citizenship and to realize their obligation to be worthy and contributing members of society;
(7) Assist students in the formulation of positive goals;
(8) Promote the right and freedom of students to learn, explore ideas, develop learning skills and acquire the necessary knowledge to achieve their full potential;
(9) Develop within students fundamental critical thinking skills and problem-solving techniques;
(10) Ensure quality education for all students;
(11) Maintain confidentiality of all information concerning students obtained in the proper course of the educational process and dispense the information when prescribed or directed by law, governing board policy or professional practice;
(12) Ensure that all students are provided educational opportunities in environments safe from sexual, physical, and emotional abuse; and
(13) Promote ongoing development and evaluation of curriculum.
Parents whose children are being punished for opting out of the Common Core test should consider filing complaints with their local public school superintendent, with their local board of education and with the Connecticut State Department of Education.
School administrators have absolutely no not right to stop parents from opting their children out of this testing scam nor do they have the right to punish students if parents decide to opt out their children.