It is hard to really capture the story of how we ended up with a system so completely devoted to overtesting students with such dire intensity for such dreadful purposes. And the arguments about choosing not to take the test are pretty heated and full of emotional baggage. This piece does a great job of explaining what the fuss is, how it came to be, and why opting out is the right side of the fuss to take.
As we enter standardized test season, many parents around the country are choosing to have their child opt out (not take the test). How that works varies from state to state. Here’s a first-person account of how it went for one mother in Colorado, where it is apparently okay to smoke dope, but not skip out on the Big Test.