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Middle Schooler Suspended THREE Times For Refusing To Take Standardized Tests! Why Refuse At All? Find Out HERE!

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Standardized tests are awful, so it's even worse when a middle schooler is suspended for refusing to take them... three times!!

Standardized testing is awful, mostly because humans are as unique as snowflakes!

It really does feel like school is no longer about learning and learning to love learning. It's about preparing to pass challenging, poorly written standardized tests.

Even comedian Louis C.K. was clearly upset by this, taking to twitter to vent his frustrations with Common Core's standardized testing.

Common Core's latest victim is Alyssa McKinney, an 8th grader from Huntsville, Alabama.

She was given in-school suspensions TWICE by administrators after refusing to take the tests.

Alyssa refused a third time and got an out-of-school suspension.

In Alabama, a parent can write in so their kids can opt out of testing. Alyssa's mom has sent in a written notice that her daughter will be opting out of future testing.

Something really needs to be done about these tests. The government uses them to determine where school funding goes so they're still super important.

That needs to change. All it takes is a couple of students (and their consenting parents) to start taking a stand against standardized testing!

Viva la revolución!

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14 comments to “Middle Schooler Suspended THREE Times For Refusing To Take Standardized Tests! Why Refuse At All? Find Out HERE!”

  1. molly says – reply to this


    Thank you for getting this 100% right!! I am Alyssa's mother and am glad someone gets the message!

  2. Esin Emko says – reply to this


    This is just silly…what is wrong with standardized testing?
    There is no other objective way to separate those who are accomplished and those that need more work.
    This is typical of losers blaming winners.

  3. molly says – reply to this


    Re: Esin Emko – I would recommend doing some more reading on this topic.Re: molly

  4. 4

    Re: Esin Emko
    Losers and winners?
    I really hope you are not a parent. Would you call your child a loser if they are struggling in a class?!?

  5. Kris says – reply to this


    Stop empowering laziness. How about trying hard in school. Notice that the kids who do well don't complain about the test. Heck, let's make it just like sports now where we all get a trophy. Lets just say we all get a 100.

  6. spu says – reply to this


    A good student will not complain about tests. Don't they have weekly tests an quizzes anyway. How is she going to deal with SAT?

    Oh may be she is not so ambitious.

  7. 7

    Re: Kris
    Where does it say that the kids who do not want to take the test would not do well on it? The tests are useless. All they prove is whether or not a child is good at taking tests. Even the most intelligent child can get nervous and do poorly on a test.
    My child has to take the usual tests plus the MEAP test. They spend the first month of school doing nothing but reviewing for this test. That is a month wasted that they could have spent learning new information. What happens after the test? Nothing. Children who do poorly on the test are not given extra help. It is not about the students and their futures. It is all about the money.
    If you do not have children who have to go through these tests, then please do some research before you call these kids lazy or losers.

  8. jack says – reply to this


    Testing is part of getting an education. There is nothing glorious about non-compliance. No one asked this child to light herself on fire or throw her body off a bridge- they asked her to take a test, which she was prepared for all year.

  9. molly says – reply to this


    Re: jack – Please in all your wisdom tell me about the significance of these tests and what they show you about the students abilities, as well as how you are able to apply the information to improve the education of said children.

  10. molly says – reply to this


    Re: Kris – This is not about laziness and the tests have nothing to do with her education. They do not impact her grades or benefit her in anyway.

  11. 11

    Except now she has suspensions on her record. Why didn't you write a note saying she can opt out.

  12. jack says – reply to this


    Re: molly

    I'm glad you asked. A test tells a teacher what a student does or does not know. If a student does not take a test, a teacher is unable to assess whether or not a student is prepared to move forward. There are two types of assessments: formative and summative. A standardized test is a summative test aimed at looking at a students' abilities and critical thinking skills. From this a teacher can see data that pin points each skill a student needs to continue working on.

    While no one likes standardized testing, schools must be held accountable for educating students in some way. If you abolish testing, there must be some other means to ensure that children are learning what they should.

    Furthermore, I recognize that I don't have the whole story, but it seems as though there was an appropriate way for students to get around this terrible test, but this student (three times) chose the inappropriate way to go about getting out of testing. She knew that that this dreaded test was impending all year, and she knew the consequences for not testing. In addition to being taught reading and 'rithmatic, this student is learning that actions have ramifications.

  13. molly says – reply to this


    Re: jack – You are correct on not having the whole story in this instance. Not opposed to standardized tests as a whole, but the overuse of them. 3 of the last 5 weeks different standardized testing. None of which affect students grades, nor can you see specifics on what your child did well on or needed help on. This is my child who is an excellent student, tests well and has never been in trouble before. She loves school and her teachers and took a stand in support of her teachers I appreciate your intelligent respectful comments.

  14. 14

    76% of the kids tested in Louisiana said they were easier than the old tests. 83% said they had learned the info on the test.