(Apr 19) EDITORIAL: Despite growing ‘opt-out’ trend, standardized tests serve a purpose

EDITORIAL: Despite growing ‘opt-out’ trend, standardized tests serve a purpose
By Express-Times opinion staff
lehighvalleylive.com

“Okay, everyone: Take a deep breath. Relax. Make sure your pencils are sharpened. You’ve studied hard to get here. Do your best.”

These are the reassuring words teachers once used — maybe they still do — to get students into a balanced frame of mind to take exams.

These words also convey a message — especially the “relax” part — that could help with the current frenzy of opinion over standardized testing in public schools, including the “opt-out” movement by parents gaining traction in some districts and states.

At first, parents who withheld their kids from tests aligned with Common Core — an offshoot of the federal No Child Left Behind Act — were a small minority, viewed as a government-adverse clique.

Full story: EDITORIAL: Despite growing ‘opt-out’ trend, standardized tests serve a purpose, by Express-Times opinion staff, lehighvalleylive.com, 04/19/15

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