I opted my child out—not of tests, but of test prep, writes Matthew Levey on Chalkbeat.
My wife and I won’t refuse to have our children tested. Taxpayers spend $25 billion a year on K-12 education in New York City. Someone needs to check not just that the money is not wasted, but more importantly, that children’s lives are not wasted.
Tests aren’t the problem, argues Levey. It’s the time-wasting test prep.
If we instead committed to building our students’ background knowledge through a comprehensive, coherent, and sequenced curriculum that includes foreign language, arts and music, we’d make our children’s education more meaningful, and the lives of their teachers far less stressful.
And students would do fine on tests.
Until then, he and his wife have asked that their children be given extra independent reading time instead of test prep. “Their teachers have been uniformly supportive,” Levey writes.