CAPE is a community organization devoted to defending, renewing and reclaiming public education against corporate influence, excessive standardized testing, and assaults on public education, teachers and teacher unions.
Here's why the 100% Opt-Out Movement matters: By parents expanding the concept and breadth of opting out, this could conceivably force the system to respond in an authentic, respectful and accountable way. It places the testing system on the defense, that is, they will have to justify the over 112 standardized tests given for an ever-expanding set of rationales. If it is in the student's interest to take a test such as ELPA, then parents can certainly make that choice. Right now, parents have no idea how many tests are given, which ones, what they are for, when they are given, etc. The system is unaccountable and gives as many tests as it wishes, whenever it wishes, and for whatever reason it wishes. This has got to stop and parents can be the ones to do it. But it will have to be a critical mass of parents, otherwise the system will run roughshod over parents' rights in order to safeguard the testing-based model of education.
"The standards-and-accountability movement is not about leaving no child behind. To the contrary, it is an elaborate sorting device, intended to separate wheat from chaff. The fact that students of color, students from low-income families and students whose first language isn’t English are disproportionately defined as chaff makes the whole enterprise even more insidious."
Diane Ravitch, former US Under Secretary of Education in the Bush and Clinton Administrations, now a historian of education and Research Professor of Education at New York University, presented for CAPE via Skype two years ago at the UO.
It's going to have to take a movement by parents saying, "Stop! There's Far Too Much Testing!" to turn this thing around. Parents, it's easy to protect your kids from excessive Smarter Balanced testing. This will ultimately save other kids, too.
Go to your district website. Download the opt-out form. Make copies for your friends. Turn it in at your school. And, don't let administrators intimidate you or coerce you.