In my state, we are freakin’ about the SBAC test. Parents are blogging and emailing and petitioning to opt out of it for their children. I’m getting lots of questions about it as our testing window looms on the calendar for next week.
as a mom, I get it. You don’t want to put your child through 8 hrs of digital confusion and badly structured test questions, as well as the keyboarding. This is torture for students with disabilities like dyslexia.
however, as a teacher, I want the data! I want to know how I can better my teaching, how my students can best achieve with the Common Core Standards. I want that baseline data to reflect our hard work in third grade.
If parents opt out, what message are they truly giving their kids? Will those same children want to persevere the next year?
Some of these children are being coddled and sheltered from things that are ” too hard” already in my class. As a result they have no stamina and they literally break down when things don’t come easy for them.
opting out feels like dropping out- setting a poor example. I feel like if you set up an 8 year old to opt out of a test because it might be too hard, you are setting him/her up to opt out of life challenges.