State Hotline – report offenses
Are your family’s rights being violated? Your child being bullied or shamed by teachers or administrators? Contact the USOE hotline immediately. Information and instructions here:
State Board Member Michelle Boulter shares some information on opting out in this 5 minute video. What’s legal and what isn’t?
What tests should you opt out of? –
If your child is in middle school, you can opt out of all state tests and bypass the data collection.
In high school grades, no tests are required for graduation except the High School Civics Exam. If your child needs the CTE Skill Certificate Assessments, then don’t opt out of that in order to get the certificate. Other than those 2 tests, nothing is required at the high school level. The ACT exam is a college level exam, although it’s been damaged by the College Board by aligning it to Common Core. It’s no longer truly a college entrance exam, but more of a high school Common Core compliance exam. If would be much better if the state adopted a test like the CLT Exam (Classical Learning Test – www.cltexam.com) which uses classic works of literature to test reading comprehension instead of inane segments of prose with sometimes demeaning or indoctrinating segments of text. Still, if your child is college bound, the actual ACT test may be required of them.
Can my child be forced to take a practice test? No. The practice RISE test, if it’s on the computer is still part and parcel with the state test. If you opt out, you opt out of all of it. Also, there is no state mandated test in 9th grade that you can’t opt out of. Many schools are telling parents they have to take the 9th grade test called ASPIRE because ACT created it. It’s NOT predictive of the ACT and incorporates SAGE (aka RISE) test questions as well. It is a CC-aligned test and the ACT name is being used to make parents think they shouldn’t opt out. That’s why they chose Aspire and not another one like PARCC or SBAC. They are hoping you’ll fall for it.
State Guidance to Schools
New Opt-Out Guidance Letter to Schools from USOE (Jan. 2018)- https://www.utahnsagainstcommoncore.com/opt-out-guiding-document/
State Opt-Out Form
Then deliver it to your child’s school office.
Other important information
Are SAGE tests valid? Watch Dr. Gary Thompson present the case why these behavioral tests are bad for our children.
Then watch this 15-minute video on data collection, but don’t watch it right before bed as it’s been known to cause insomnia.
Dual Enrollment – This post discusses dual-enrollment where you can pull your child out of school and homeschool one or more subjects while having your child in school for the other classes.