Tom Reed claims the EMPOWER (Enable More Parents to Opt-Out Without Endangering Resources) Act would allow parents to opt-out of annual standardized testing required for their children by No Child Left Behind, such as the assessments aligned with Common Core.
Our school districts should not be punished because parents exercise this choice,” said Reed. “Tens of thousands of parents have already opted their children out of required public school testing and students and teachers alike have felt the financial sting for non-compliance. It simply isn’t fair to take away the resources they need or shift the financial burden to local property tax payers. —Rep Tom Reed
It isn’t fair to deny funding to school districts that fail to show that they meet standards? Really, that is a surprising view for a Republican. Many Republicans, including Tom, are often big fans of accountability and punitive measures.
Parents need to be empowered to make the educational decisions that suit their children the best. Testing can be a valuable diagnostic tool for identifying problems and determining how best to help children succeed. But making high-stakes tests rather than learning the centerpiece of the education system, and the one and only indicator of success or failure, is problematic.– Rep. DeLauro
DeLauro and Reed are blowing smoke. DeLauro claims “… making high-stakes tests rather than learning the centerpiece of the education system, and the one and only indicator of success or failure, is problematic.” That’s tilting at windmills–no responsible educator would make tests a centerpiece or the only indicator of success.