An Alabama teen says she was suspended from school after she refused to take a local assessment test, contrary to an earlier report from WAAY-TV that the test was aligned with the state's Common Core curriculum.
Alyssa McKinney, an eighth-grade student at Whitesburg Middle School in Huntsville, Ala., told the station she was given two in-school suspensions after telling school officials that she didn’t want to take any more standardized tests and opted out, believing she that was an option.
WAAY had reported earlier Tuesday that McKinney was suspended for opting out of a test related to Alabama's Common core program, which allows students that option.
A Department of Education spokeswoman told the station parents can choose not to have their child take part in state standardized testing if they put their refusal in writing and give it to their school.
I understand the school is saying they have a process for opting out and this student didn't follow that process so she received in-school suspension.
Nonetheless this is the kind of response that ultimately helps the opt out movement because it comes across as heavy-handed and unnecessary.