Sunday, April 19, 2015

Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing

Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing

"Much of the criticism focuses on the sheer number of tests now being
applied in public schools: From pre-kindergarten through grade 12,
students take an average of 113 standardized tests, according to a
survey by the Council of the Great City Schools, which represents large
urban districts.

Of these, only 17 are mandated by the federal
government, but the backlash that began when No Child Left Behind
started to hold teachers, schools and districts strictly accountable for
their students' progress has only grown stronger since "Common Core"
gave the criticism a common rallying cry.

"There is a widespread
sentiment among parents, students, teachers, administrators and local
elected officials that enough is enough, that government mandated
testing has taken over our schools," Schaeffer said."

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