Tuesday, April 10, 2018

3 Easy Steps To Opt Out of State Testing

Have You and Your Kids Had Enough Testing?

You don't have to take state tests! House Bill 2655 permits parents to annually opt-out of Oregon's statewide summative tests. 

In fac
t, the Springfield School Board has urged parents to opt-out of these unfair and unnecessary tests.

Opting out is easy:

1. Download the Opt-Out form from the Department of Education (it's the 2nd page of the pdf linked):

2. Fill out & sign the form.

3. Return the form to your child's school! They can be sent with the children, or you are welcome to bring in the forms yourself. 

That's it! You're done. There is no deadline to submit the form - you can still opt-out even after the testing period has started!

You have to submit this form once per year, so make a note to download the new form next year and resubmit.

Why should we opt-out?

1. The average student takes 112 mandated standardized tests by 12th grade

2. They take 2-6 weeks of instruction time and are unnecessarily stressful for young students.

3. Schools are pressured to teach to the test and to minimize untested subjects.

4. Smarter Balanced test reports arrive too late for teachers to even use them.

5. Many studies show these tests aren’t fair or valid measures of student learning.

It’s time to say, “Enough!”  
Join the Movement to Opt-Out.

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