A growing number of parents (and educators) understand that the Common Core standardized testing frenzy is bad for students, teachers and public schools.
Recognizing that they have a fundamental and inalienable right to protect their children from the unfair, inappropriate and discriminatory Common Core tests, hundreds of thousands of parents across the country have been opting their child out of the destructive Common Core testing scheme.
In New York State last year, nearly a quarter of a million parents opted their children out of that state’s Common Core testing farce.
While Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and his administration misleads, lies and threatens parents, teachers and school administrators in an unethical attempt to derail the opt out movement in the Constitution State; public officials in other states actually take action to respect the will of their constituents.
For example, in Montclair, New Jersey the Board of Education approved, on a vote of 6 to 0, a resolution honoring a parent’s right to opt their child out of the testing program and directing the “Montclair School District to provide an alternative learning plan for children whose parents have refused for them to take the [Common Core] PARCC tests.
In response to that plan, parents in Montclair received the following letter yesterday, January 14, 2016;
As you know, the New Jersey Department of Education requires all students to take state assessments. There is no provision for a student to opt-out of statewide assessments. However, last year the Montclair Board of Education passed a resolution allowing the district to create a plan for students not taking the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) according to their parents’ request.
The district procedures for parental refusal of standardized testing are as follows:
All parents/caregivers must notify the school principal by March 1 using the attached form or this link that his/her child will not be participating in the scheduled statewide assessment. A separate form is required for each child. The electronic PARCC Opt-Out form will automatically be submitted to the district and your school principal(s).
We are also including a form for your use in opting out if you do not have access electronically.
Please fill out a separate form for each child and return to your respective school principals by March 1.
In Montclair, New Jersey parents can opt their children out of the Common Core testing by simply providing their child’s name, school, grade and signing a statement which reads
“I attest that I am the parent of this student and by typing my initials in this box I consent to my student opting out of all PARCC assessments during the 2015-2016 school year.”
Connecticut parents can see what they are missing by clicking on Montclair, NJ Parental Opt-out form;
Imagine, public officials who actually respect and stand up for the rights of their constituents.
But here in Connecticut, Governor Malloy, Lt. Governor Wyman and their State Department of Education are not only misleading, lying and bullying Connecticut parents, but they are engaged in an orchestrated effort to punish the school districts and local taxpayers in communities in which parents refuse to allow their children to participate in the Common Core SBAC scam.
Malloy and Wyman’s failure to act means that the responsibility now rests with Connecticut’s legislators and local boards of education.
It is time for Connecticut’s elected and appointed officials to do the right thing and stop undermining Connecticut’s parents, students, teachers and public schools.
The first step is ensuring Connecticut’s parents have the same rights as parents in Montclair, New Jersey.