Why is Red Clay telling parents even opted out kids have to take the Performance part of Smarter Balanced?

Parental Opt-Out of Standardized Testing

I’ve heard this from quite a few people in the past week.  Not sure who this is coming from, but I would have to say it’s at a district level since more than one school is stating this.  How could all students be required to take only one part of the test, even the opt out kids?  Red Clay parents: don’t be fooled.  This is a trick.  Don’t fall for it.  Red Clay parents have been receiving this:

“Tomorrow we begin the interim testing for Smarter Balance. We will be conducting the performance task components in both math and ELA. These consist of a classroom activity/lesson that introduces the students to contextual and background knowledge necessary to complete the performance task. We will be doing the ELA classroom activity tomorrow, with the performance task testing on Wednesday and both the classroom activity and performance task testing in math on Thursday.

We have been advised by the administration that ALL students, even those students whose parents have opted out of the summative test, must take the interim assessment block (IAB), which includes the practice test and the performance task. (The practice tests were done a couple of weeks ago).

I just wanted to give you this heads up so there would be no confusion when ______ talks to you about these activities. Please let me know if you have any questions or need further information.”

If you opt your kid out, it’s for all of the test, not just certain parts.  Then they will say, “Your child started it.  They have to finish it.”  Just another way of school officials using manipulation on parents.  This picture is getting uglier by the minute!  Someone should hold a Parent Press Conference on all this type of stuff.  Oh wait, I am:


3 thoughts on “Why is Red Clay telling parents even opted out kids have to take the Performance part of Smarter Balanced?

  1. I received a confirmation letter from the RCCSD which confirmed opt out of SBAC testing, but not any end of year course tests or DCAS. I specifically opted my son out of ALL SBAC testing. They have done some practice tests for it, and he sat out of those. Very curious. ..


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