Letter: School testing

February 16, 2014 

Parents should contact school administrators and demand that their students be opted out of the SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium). The SBAC standardized test will occupy eight hours of time for each student. These eight hours of testing could be better spent learning in the classroom. The SBAC is being forced on Idaho schools, along with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. There is also the concern of CCSS and the SBAC collecting your student’s private information for distribution and analysis. There is no guarantee that your child’s data will not be shared with third-party entities.

Opt out of the SBAC. It is the right choice.

RYAN AND LYNAE MCGILL, Boise

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