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The mother of an Oldmans Township elementary school student in New Jersey went public after her daughter had to sit in the library and watch the other children play outside, according to NJ.com:
During “Untest Afternoon” at one New Jersey elementary school, students played outside, ate cupcakes, drank juice boxes and received prizes, parent Michele Thornton said.
But not Thornton’s nine-year-old daughter.
Thornton says her daughter, a third-grader, was instead sent to the library on Monday because the Oldmans Township School party was only for students who took the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams.
Teachers, school boards, and parents are criticizing PARCC tests and refusing to take them. Even Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) attempted to replace the PARCC tests.
Why would a school punish a student for standing up for her right to refuse a test her parents deem unnecessary? The answer is simple: It’s all about money. If too many students opt out of the tests in a school or district, the state board of education can withhold money from that school district. This is done because the U.S. Department Of Education will in turn deny money to the state.
Common Core and its associated testing of PARCC and the lesser-known Smarter Balance highlights how the federal government has removed local control over education and imposes its standards on local schools. Local schools are being forced to comply with the federal government’s desires, and if that means punishing children and parents, they are willing to do so. Money and control have become paramount over the individual educational needs of children.