A commenter on a previous Perdido Street School post said she/he never encourages parents to opt children out of tests:
In a reply to that comment, another commenter wrote:
At my school the principal asked us NOT to discuss opt out with parents, even if they ask. If a parent brings it up we have to tell them to speak to the principal. Talking to parents about opt out is a good way to get rated ineffective.
There is some conjecture that going forward, NYSED will go after educators with high opt rates, from superintendents leading districts to principals leading schools to teachers in individual classrooms.
Both Regents Chancellor Tisch and NYSED Commissioner Elia have made some not-so-subtle comments to back up that conjecture that they will look to punish educators over opt out rates.
So, there's an important question to ask here:
How do teachers out there handle the opt out issue?