I understand many may be confused or not sure if your child is better served by not taking the test.
But when a Blue Ribbon panel is handpicked to decide the Opt-Out issue, and THEY shock their “handlers” by all siding with opting-out is the best for children…. something big is up.
You HAVE to take that seriously.. Just as serious as you do the fact that their viewpoint was dismissed and the preset policy decided long ago, was poured into form and allowed to set….
Politics are not your concern. Plush post electoral jobs for Markell, Sokola, or Jacques are not your concern. Your child,…. is your concern….
When a handpicked group of people expected to side with the administration (that’s why they got picked) all flip and say: “no, this test is awful. We have go allow parents to opt out”…. then that should set off alarm bells.
You may be able to opt out later, but I can’t guarantee it.. If you opt out now, and change your mind later, you can always opt back in. Even as late as test day…
But opting out now is the smart move because it gives you wider options to do what is best for your child….
Here is all you need to say…..
I __________________, parent of ________________ am opting my child out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment. Please make sure he does not take the Smarter Balanced Assessment this spring….
Your favorite parent….