PARCC Testing Opt Out Debate Heats Up as Metuchen Faces Tests in March

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parcc_purple.jpgAll over the country as well as here in our own district, the topic of PARCC testing and the general importance of standardized tests is being questioned by groups of teachers and parents. As PARCC testing schedules become available, parents are deciding whether or not to OPT OUR their kids from the test. Edison recently supported having options. At this time, there is no decision from Metuchen but a series of local families are asking the district to consider their requests at this Change. org petition: https://www.change.org/p/superintendent-vincent-caputo-adopt-non-punitive-procedures-for-parents-guardians-who-refuse-certain-standardized-tests-for-their-children

Some of their protestations come from the fact that PARCC tests won't matter for the next few years and some of the concern rises from the fact that so much teaching time is put aside every academic year to get kids ready for these same tests.

What are you planning to do? For more info, check out this site that New Jersey Parent Teacher Organization created in order to answer questions about PARCC testing: http://www.nj.com/education/2015/02/nj_pta_principals_launch_parcc_website.html#incart_story_package 

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