How to Opt Part 2: Parent Advice

Education Week

In the second part of a two part series, LAUSD teacher Robert Jeffers and teacher and columnist John McCrann respond to a parent, who doubts that vendors can offer assessments aligned to the high-quality education his fourth grade son receives at his private school student in Brooklyn, NY– and questions the pressure and competition surrounding testing culture.  In his responses, Jeffers points out that opting out won’t help improve the system for teachers or students., and that abandoning accountability systems could create “unforeseen consequences.” Instead, he turns his attention to the future, one in which there is “a balanced educational system that prioritizes real-world, experiential learning” and where “better, fewer tests” reign.

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