This is an article from March 2014 and yet, it is STILL going on with the tests! Why?! I know this is about Texas, but it is happening everywhere (we are currently in North Carolina). Parents disagreeing with the tests but still sending their kids in to take it. WHY?! Stop giving in to them… they are NOT in charge of your child’s education, YOU ARE. It is your right as a parent to guide your child’s education, so why is everyone letting this happen?! Because you can’t figure out how to stop it?? Is that the reason?
I have spent most of the past year educating MYSELF on the reasoning behind these tests and what comes out of them… and there is NOTHING good. I can guarantee you that. On Thursday, I spoke to the principal at my son’s school, who could only say, “it was the law that they MUST administer the test to him.” I asked her for the law articles that stated this and wrote them down. She then told me that I should contact the district (the reason she told me to contact them was the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard someone say…. but I’m not even going public with that comment.) She told me to call her the next day after I heard back from the district. Later Thursday night, I looked up the law articles and they were COMPLETELY irrelevant to our refusal of the tests.
Friday morning, I called the district and was told that the superintendent wouldn’t be in the office until Tuesday. So then I spoke with the “Director of Elementary Services” and was told that he would get the correct policy and be in contact with the Principal of my son’s school. I gave him an hour or so, and then called the school to speak with the Principal… and what do you know? She was out of the office for that day. SHOCKING. At this point, I called Raleigh and the State Department of Education. I was given the runaround about 3 times and then finally spoke with someone who could give me answers. After dealing with all of that for HOURS and writing MANY notes, it still didn’t make ANY sense to have my child given this ridiculous excuse for a test. I will not give in to their skewed reasoning and just let my child sit in a room for a test that is insignificant and detrimental to his education.
Not one of the people I spoke to could give me a valid reason of the “law” or “policy” behind these tests, so you know what? Still refusing. And when they said, “Well, if he comes into school after the test days, we will pull him out of class and he will have to sit with the test in front of him for the estimated amount of finishing time — 180 minutes for math, 180 minutes for reading.” Nope. Not going to happen. So because we REFUSE to take these tests and the only way to refuse them and trust that they won’t shove it in his face for 5 days, I will be withdrawing him from school for the last 5 days.
And you know what? It doesn’t affect him at all to miss those days. It doesn’t affect his grade or his promotion to 5th grade– supposedly, it only affects the school’s “state report card” and 1 of 6 evaluations of his teacher because his name has already been printed on to an answer sheet. I could give 2 shits about the school’s “state report card” because that is a simple snapshot of ONE day of work by these children… and even though it is only 1 of 6 evaluations of his teacher, that bothers me the most. She is a great teacher, she has done the best job with the situation she has been in… (30 kids in her class, outside in an “overflow” trailer)… this whole thing DISGUSTS me. I will refuse this year and continue to refuse in the future until something is changed for the better. Not only for our children being put through this crap education but the teachers who are forced to teach in a way that may cause them to feel threatened.
I will also continue to post my personal feelings in order to educate those who may not be able to understand all that is going on. I would hope that every parent at least CARES and sees the mistakes that the government and the administrators of education are making. Many parents have fought this crap for years and now I will join them and NOT stop until there is good change. Not a “change” that changes the name and keeps everything else the same… but a REAL change – for the better education of all children.
For those who agree with me, I ask that you step up, speak up and be the advocate your child and other children need.