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    Alabama teen suspended after opting out of Common Core testing | Fox News

    An Alabama teen says she was suspended from school after refusing to take standardized tests aligned with national Common Core curriculum standards.

    Alyssa McKinney, an 8th-grade student at Whitesburg Middle School in Huntsville, Ala., told WAAY-TV she was given two in-school suspensions after telling school officials that she didn't agree with the requirement and that she was opting out.

    When she opted out the third day, she was given an out-of-school suspension.

    School officials declined to comment to WAAY-TV, but the Alabama Department of Education said in a Facebook post that parents may submit their refusal in writing to school administrators. It was unclear if Alyssa's mother provided notice.

    Alyssa is not the first student to be punished for opposing Common Core.

    Seirra Olivero, a 13-year-old student at Orange-Ulster BOCES in New York, said she was suspended from school last month for "insubordination" after telling classmates they could opt out of taking the Common Core English test.

    In Arkport, N.Y., meanwhile, school officials prompted outrage after rewarding children in third through sixth grades who took the English test with ice cream, while denying it to those students who opted out.

    School administrators defended the decision, noting that students have been rewarded for taking standardized tests in previous years.

    Debate - Should a student be suspended for option out of common core testing? Would it be different if the parent opted out and not the student?

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    If the student is trying to opt-out, if the parents have opted her out, no.

    I can't imagine where this would go if allowed. 8th grade children to decide for themselves what they will opt out of because they don't agree with the requirement. I didn't agree with the PE for 2 years requirement for HS graduation. I didn't agree with the senior project required....the list goes on and on.

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    BTW, students who aren't testing can't be in the room with those who are testing.

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    I am not sure I think the student should be able to op out. Parents, absolutely 100% should be able to opt out of the very controversial common core testing.

    On first day of Common Core testing, some NY students sit it out | Fox News
    Opting Out Of Testing Is A Parental Right Supported by the Supreme Court | Missouri Education Watchdog
    Opinion: Why Common Core tests are bad - CNN.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    I am not sure I think the student should be able to op out. Parents, absolutely 100% should be able to opt out of the very controversial common core testing.

    On first day of Common Core testing, some NY students sit it out | Fox News
    Opting Out Of Testing Is A Parental Right Supported by the Supreme Court | Missouri Education Watchdog
    Opinion: Why Common Core tests are bad - CNN.com
    This is so weird to me. Common core is supposed to better prepare students for careers. Tests are no longer multiple choice. There's a lot more why involved. Tests are taken on computers and there is a listening component . I'm liking it so much more because of the depth and complexity as well as more time to cover things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ethanwinfield View Post
    This is so weird to me. Common core is supposed to better prepare students for careers. Tests are no longer multiple choice. There's a lot more why involved. Tests are taken on computers and there is a listening component . I'm liking it so much more because of the depth and complexity as well as more time to cover things.
    There are many reasons people are against common core. Probably as many reasons as there are people against it. Every person is going to have their own thoughts on this issue and there is no way I could represent every persons thoughts on the subject. Some people are against standardised testing all together. Some people are just against this particular test. Some feel that the teachers have to spend so much time dedicated to the subjects covered on the test that there is no remaining time at all to cover anything else. Some also feel that schooling should be a State issue and the Federal Government should not be involved.

    Me personally, I do not have a problem with the idea of one standardise test as long as the parents have the option to opt out. My problem is more with the test itself. Even though my girls are homeschooled, I stilled wanted Alyssa (3rd grade) to be tested this year. I know there are many, many homeschoolers that are against standardised testing and for many that is the reason they homeschool. However I believe that students need to be familiar with the testing process to prepare for SATs and college entrance exams. Anyway I bought a practice booklet that aligned with common core. I was very disappointed to see some of the information. For example in the math they did not want you to add 96+6=102, they wanted you to round up to 100+10=110 making it so that you never get the exact answer. There are many excellent curriculums (used in Ivy leage prep schools and in advanced homeschool curriculums) that do not teach math that way. The test determins what kind of a curriculum you can use, by only doing their method of math. (Just using math as an example)

    There are many college professors simply not in favor of the standard of education taught with common core. Top Ten Professors Calling Out Common Core’s So-called College Readiness | COMMON CORE

    I remember clearly when I was a freshman in college, one of my professors being absolutely baffled on why half his class was failing basic grammar papers. He then asked the class how many went to public school vs how many were homeschooled or went to private schools. By far, the students that went to public schools were the students that were failing. It was not something was on a standardised test, so even though it was basic information public school students that grew up on the standardise testing knew how to do. I am talking about the private schools that are 30K a year and teach Latin and rigorous homeschool programs. Common core might bring up the education for some students, but it also really brings down education for others.

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