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Smarter Balance Assessment - Just say No!

Original post made by Smarter Parent, Amador Valley High School, on Apr 22, 2014

I like the rest of PUSD parents received the letter from Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi informing us that our children will be taking the "Smarter Balance Field Test." What the superintendent did not inform PUSD parents is that your children DO NOT have to participate in these assessments and I urge parents to consider having your children opt out of this testing!
These assessments are part of the big business that is known as "common core." This complete overhaul of education without parent input is driven by profit and takes away millions of dollars that could be better spent truly addressing the educational needs of our children! The amount of money being spent on these "assessments" could be used to actually support our schools and teachers in educating our children.
Please research this issue for yourself. Here is but one of many examples of why this effort of a one size fits all education program is to the detrement of individual students:

"Stanford Professor James Milgram, the only mathematician on the Common Core Validation Committee, concluded that the math standards don't "even fully cover" the material in a solid geometry or second-year algebra course. After reviewing the Common Core standards, Milgram told the Texas state legislature that the CC standards are "in large measure a political document that . . . is written at a very low level and does not adequately reflect our current understanding of why the math programs in the high-achieving countries give dramatically better results." He refused to sign off on the math standards."

Many other states are opting out of both the standards and especially the assessments!
The recent letter to us PUSD parents should have informed us that we have the option to opt-out!

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Posted by john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 22, 2014 at 1:49 pm

I have researched the issue, and my children will be taking the tests.

"Many other states ..."

6 states.

Web Link

I'm wondering what you're hoping to accomplish by "opting out"? I have my concerns with common core too, but I don't know how not opting out of the tests will get any of those issues addressed.


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