Why do we need a law in Illinois that protects parents, students and teachers who advocate opting out from persecution by the crazy testers?
Can we expect the Illinois version of The Spanish Inquisition over opt out?
The Illinois State Board of Education has launched an investigation into why so many kids in certain districts skipped state exams last year — which may include questioning parents and even students after several hundred schools failed test participation requirements.
The process — which one critical administrator likened to the centuries-old Inquisition — comes on the eve of 2016 state testing, when families are once again deciding whether to pull their kids out of state exams.
When delegates offered a resolution at last year’s Illinois Education Association Representative Assembly to support the only opt-out legislation before the General Assembly, the IEA leadership shot it down.
They argued that federal education sanctions would hurt school districts. That hasn’t turned out to be supported by the facts.
(Cassie) Creswell, of the opt-out movement, thinks the number of families opting out likely will rise this testing season, given that so far there have been no sanctions on schools or districts when students don’t take state exams.
“The state has cried wolf for two years now. You (districts) are going to lose money, you’re going to lose money. Maybe they’ll ratchet up enough threats that people will be scared, but others will be more angry,” she said.