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Re: Required standardized testing
Geena, I suggest you contact Julie Woestehoff at firstname.lastname@example.org -
she focuses on Chicago, may have some ideas for you however. Monty
On 4/30/2010 3:06 PM, email@example.com wrote:
Thank you for your response. I live in Illinois.
Sent: Fri, Apr 30, 2010 2:02 pm
Subject: Re: [arn-l] Required standardized testing
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,
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:
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
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
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 addition,
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:
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 suitable
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
I feel as if I am being bullied by our principal and superintendent. What
can I do?
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