What does this video have to do with Arizona? This teacher is talking about the same kind of High Stakes Tests that are given to children here in Arizona as young as 8 years old. AzMERIT is forced upon students, beginning in the third grade, and every year through high school. In Arizona, it’s AzMERIT; in Utah, it’s SAGE; in Florida it’s the FSA. All of these states, including Ohio and others, have paid $Millions to American Institutes for Research, one of the world’s largest behavioral and social science research and evaluation organizations to create these tests.
As a parent, have you stood up for your child and opted your child(ren) out of AzMERIT? Have you stood firm in the face of opposition from teachers, principals, school administrators, and the State? If not, learn more by clicking HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE.
Leader of the Florida House Democrats, Mark Pafford, publicly urged parents to opt their students out of the tests. "I hope that parents take time to understand that their children are being subjected to tests that, in the end, don’t amount to much. The data that comes from those tests sometimes comes so late, it doesn’t matter. You have to question the purpose of these tests…If you’re opting children out of these tests, there’s a reason… Civil disobedience is beginning to rear its head…I applaud those parents who have the courage to do it."