States Have Opportunity to Rethink how to Handle Testing Opt-outs

States Have Opportunity to Rethink how to Handle Testing Opt-outs

October 2, 2017

“Parents who opted their children out of state exams in recent years became the focal point of major education debates in the country about the proper roles of testing, the federal government, and achievement gaps,” writes Education Week’s Andrew Ujifusa. But under ESSA, “states have a chance to rethink how they handle testing opt-outs,” which begs the question: “how are states responding in their ESSA plans they submitted to the federal government?” Under the new law, “students who opt out of those mandatory state tests must be marked as not proficient on those tests” which will “impact accountability indicators.” So “while some states highlight this as their approach to handling testing opt-outs, it’s really no more than what the law requires.”