What Happens When Students Boycott a Standardized Test?

Reblogged from The Atlantic

The movement to opt out of nationwide exams is gaining traction—and forcing policymakers to rethink the role of such assessments in public education.
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Standardized tests have been an integral part of the American school routine since the 1970s, the protocol changing very little. Children were told to put away their books; to fill in the bubbles, with No. 2 pencils, completely; and, when the time was up, to immediately put down their writing utensils. However, those ubiquitous (and ever-dreaded) tests have evolved dramatically as of late—and deliberations over their purpose have become increasingly urgent….

…These protests could serve as a reminder that parents and students are stakeholders in education policy.

…Though the opt-out campaign began as a parent protest, in some ways it developed into a student-led movement. Read more>>