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Re: Required standardized testing

How could anyone test a child when parents request they not be tested? - Not very democratic

Sue Scott
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-----Original Message-----
From: geena@aol.com
Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2010 16:00:08
To: <arn-l@interversity.org>
Subject: Re: [arn-l] Required standardized testing

There isn't anything in their board policy that addresses this. It addresses challenges to instruction, but not assessment. I worry that if I keep her home and bring her in later in the day, they may pull her out of class to test her.

-----Original Message-----
From: PRISCILLA GUTIERREZ <pgutpgut@msn.com>
To: arn-l@interversity.org
Sent: Fri, Apr 30, 2010 2:57 pm
Subject: Re: [arn-l] Required standardized testing

She may not be exempt per the district, but you are still within your rights to
keep her home on the days of testing or to bring her to school once testing is

Priscilla Shannon GutiÃrrez

....change is inevitable, growth is optional...
words of advice from Michael Fullan

> To: arn-l@interversity.org
> Subject: Re: [arn-l] Required standardized testing
> Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2010 15:06:07 -0400
> From: geena@aol.com
> Thank you for your response. I live in Illinois.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rossi/Goldthorpe <rossigold1955@earthlink.net>
> To: arn-l@interversity.org
> Sent: Fri, Apr 30, 2010 2:02 pm
> Subject: Re: [arn-l] Required standardized testing
> Hello Gina,
> Do you live in California? In California, a parent is allowed to
> opt their children out of the tests. I was able to do this for my
> son in 2nd grade. It might be helpful if you can post your state,
> so someone on this list serve can give you some more specific
> info. I am sorry that you are being treated in this manner, it
> seems to be very wrong,
> Diana Rossi
> Berkeley CA
> ps: I am "just a parent", so do not have much concrete info to help,
> other than that I know that in CA one can opt out of the tests....
> On Apr 30, 2010, at 11:07 AM, Geena@aol.com wrote:
> > Hello All,
> >
> > I am desperately trying to opt my daughter out of the standardized testing
> > in our district. I have two letters to our district asking that my daughter
> > be exempt from testing next week. They are testing on the following days:
> > May 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, and 12. I think this is excessive for a seven year
> > old.
> >
> > The response I received from the school states: "All students are required
> > to take the ITBS and Gates tests. This assessment is our primary
> > longitudinal measurement of academic performance. The data analysis provided

> in the
> > core subjects of math, reading and language arts is essential to guiding
> > instructional services for your daughter. She would be at a significant
> > disadvantage if the ITBS analysis were not available to teachers. In
> our
> > ability to provide you with valid and reliable longitudinal measures of
> > academic progress would be hampered."
> >
> > I should note that there does not appear to be anything in the school board
> > policy that addresses this. The policy on assessment can be found here:
> >_http://www.d107.org/School-Board/Board-Policy.aspx_
> > (http://www.d107.org/School-Board/Board-Policy.aspx)
> >
> > The next letter stated: "The district has been advised by the State Board
> > of Education and our school attorney that we are within our authority to
> > require standardized testing. The ITBS and Gates are essential and no
> > alternatives are available. Your daughter is not exempt from taking the ITBS

> > and Gates tests."
> >
> > What happened to parents' rights?? Does anyone know what my options are? I
> > am afraid if I keep her home, they will test her when I send her back.
> >
> > I can legally opt her out of the state mandated ISAT, but why not these
> > other tests?
> >
> > I feel as if I am being bullied by our principal and superintendent. What
> > can I do?
> >
> > Gina Nelson
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