. . . .“There’s been a lot of concern about the amount of standardized testing that the school system does,” Cox said. “It’s not just a Baldwin County issue; it’s all over the country. Every time the children turn around, they’re being tested for something, and more and more parents have become concerned about it.”
Cox stressed that it is permissible for parents to opt out of the tests: “There is no Alabama law or federal law that states they cannot opt their children out, which means that it is perfectly legal to do so,” he said. “There seems to be some confusion over that.”
Parents decry standardized tests for several reasons, he said, including concerns about data collection and undue stress on the students.
Some parents fear that the test results will lead to their children being labeled as high or low achievers, Cox said. “They don’t want that standardized test being used as a means to place their children next year in a certain class.” . . .