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Poll: Should Parents Be Allowed to Let Their Kids Opt Out of State Tests?

A small but vocal group of families is sounding off about NJASK and pulling their children from the exams for a variety of reasons

A small but growing movement is afoot in New Jersey, comprising families who are saying they will remove their children from the state’s NJASK testing that begins next week in elementary and middle schools.

They cite any number of reasons, from opposition to standardized testing to the state’s increasing reliance on these tests to gauge schools and teachers to privacy concerns. Districts and the state have said that testing is important to help drive instruction, and students are expected to participate.

What do you think of the option to opt out of the state tests?

  • What's with these parents? There is nothing wrong with testing. Tests are a part of life and parents are sending a wrong message to kids by telling them they don’t have to take them. Are they going to try to have them opt out of SATs or ACTs too? Good luck with that.

  • These tests are critical in measuring achievement in schools, from students to teachers, and children should be required to take them. We need objective tools to judge how well everyone is doing and, tests are the only measuring sticks we have.

  • Assessment is important, but it's ludicrous to put so much emphasis on these tests to judge our teachers and schools. Families should be encouraged to participate but no one should be forced to take them.

  • The state and districts should make opting out a formal option, no matter the consequences. Parents are understandably concerned that too much emphasis is given to tests and they should be offered a way not to participate in the process.

  • I hope more children opt out. Testing in this state has gone much too far, to the point where so much is riding on results that it is not benefiting students or their education. Maybe if more students opt out, it will send a message and put a stop to this craziness.

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