Saturday, March 15, 2014

Bickerton on opting out

Lest these quotes, which were part of the Q&A at the end of Senior Associate Commissioner Bickerton's presentation today on PARCC, get buried, I'm pulling them out here. 

Regarding parental opting out:
 Our formal answer is 'there's no authority to let you opt out' ...In the world of reasonable adults, if a kid shows up, and says 'my mom told me not to take this test,' nobody is going to march him into a room, sit the kid down, and force him to take the test.

And specifically regarding Worcester's actions (which no one brought up by name; he did): 
Worcester voted to opt out, we believe that they had no authority to vote to opt out, but we're not going to do anything about it.

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