M-Step – Should Parents be able to opt their child out?

In several schools across Michigan,  M-Step testing started today.  This test is supposed to be a summative assessment that effectively measures student growth.  Students in 3rd through 8th grade will be tested in certain subject areas.   For Juniors, this test is considered part of the Michigan Merit Exam.  With that being said, this is required along with the college entrance exam that was taken earlier in March as well as the WorkKeys assessment.  For this assessment, Juniors will be covering four subject areas: English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies.

Should parents have a choice in whether or not their child takes these assessments?  The MDE (Michigan Department of Education) says parents have no opt-out option.

http://www.mea.org/mde-says-no-parent-opt-outs-standardized-testing

As a school counselor, I would like to hear your opinion.

 

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