Opt-out is up today in the Senate’s education committee.  All argument which supporters of educational reform have for banning  our right to opt-out, hinge on this one argument:  “testing companies cannot give an accurate comparison to hold partners accountable, if opting out is allowed.”

Testing companies…..

If Opt-Out is not stopped…. testing companies……

So… why should  some amorphous testing company be the one determining our child’s future.?  Why not teachers?  Or principals?  Or Parents?  Or the student’s effort itself?

And this is the defense to which no Department of Education officer or corporate shill has ever offered a rebuttal.

It is about the test.  The Smarter Balanced Assessment… If you take it you most readily agree with the comparison below.

Standardized testing is like gasoline for our cars… We need a certain grade of gasoline for our cars to run….  If too low, they sputter and stall.  The Smarter Balanced Assessment is a flawed test. (take it yourself to see what we mean)  .   Like flawed gas it will give flawed results..

We have rules backed with penalties about buying watered-down gas…. if we didn’t we would give customers the option of opting out of buying gas from a certain vendor…

But with opt-out we don’t have that option.  We must buy gas from a vendor that waters down his product…

All opt-out means is that we are allowed to say no to the bad gas….  If you want us to buy from you (allow our child to take the test) then give us good gas…

Don’t  think that by forcing us to buy bad gas, you are doing something good…………………………… 

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