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Monday, April 13, 2015

Opt out - NOT anti-testing

Sent to the New York Post, April 13, 2015

David Bradford ("Opt out of tests – kids will suffer," April 13) thinks that parents who opt their children out of the current tests are opposed to assessment. Wrong. They are opposed to excessive and inappropriate assessment.

Students in New York and across the country are now being tested more than any time in history, far more than is necessary and far more than is helpful. In addition, the tests have been made arbitrarily too difficult, resulting in high failure rates that do not reflect reality, and are inaccurate measures of students' abilities.

The opt out movement is a rational reaction to overtesting, and unresearched, unreasonable standards. 

Stephen Krashen

original article http://nypost.com/2015/04/12/opt-out-of-tests-kids-will-suffer/

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