Anti-Test “Opt-Out” Movement Makes A Wave In New York State
This week saw some students in New York refusing to sit for their tests and they were not being punished for their actions. The test is usually core-aligned and a federal mandated exam, that said, parents, students, as well as educators, have started an opt-out movement which seeks to prevent their kids from taking the exams.
Last week the country was introduced to the opt-out movement after it had gained pace in other states such as Florida, Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, Michigan and Pennsylvania, just to mention a few. That said it is good to note that the objections of parents, educators as well as students are similar in all states. But no state has posted a huge number like New York.
It is believed that at least 175,000 opted out in a number of New York Districts and that’s a big number for any protest.
According to Maddie Corman, a mother who has her twin boys in the fifth grade, she has opted to make her twin boys opt out of the tests.
"I feel like the tests in New York state and across the country have gotten out of control," she said. "They're wasting teachers' time and kids time. It's robbing teachers of the chance to be creative in ways that they want to be and can be. And I just don't feel like as a public school parent, I have much of a voice except to become a part of a social movement, a protest movement which is saying that it's too much."
Teachers union have their own objections to the test following an announcement by Andrew Cuomo, New York Gov, that evaluations of teachers will base 50% on the test scores.