New York state uses the results of the annual assessments to gauge the performance of students and teachers. And if enough of their students opt out of the tests, teachers are evaluated based on their local system.
Education leaders say approaches like that will backfire in the immediate future, harming teachers.
“They’re breaking the law,” said Bob Bennett, a former member of the New York State Board of Regents. “And so I don’t know how much clearer to make it. This is absolutely absurd to see adults behaving to advance a political cause because they don’t like the teacher evaluation law.”
Bennett, who got whacked off the Board of Regents this year, is wrong that opting out of the state tests is "breaking the law."
You can find resources and information about parents' rights in opting their children out of the Common Core tests at the NYS Allies For Public Education website.
But here's an excellent summary:
I've been wondering how shrill the push back over opt out would get, what with Regents Chancellor Tisch, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Governor Cuomo and newspaper editorial boards weighing in on why they are opposed to parents opting their children out of the state tests but so far, Bennett wins for shrillest.
Congratulations, Bob - enjoy your retirement.