Test Refusals Soar in Dutchess County, Néw York

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Diane Ravitch's blog

Duchess County in Néw York reports high numbers of opt outs at schools across the county.

“Eleven of Dutchess’ 13 public school districts provided the Journal with some information about this year’s English Language Arts test refusal rates, which began on Tuesday for grades 3-8. More than 20 percent of students refused at a majority of Dutchess districts….

“Webutuck district mom Jessica Elliot said her 4th-grader “will refuse the tests for the second year in a row. These tests are not used to drive instruction, and they are not a fair evaluation of student progress or teacher effectiveness.”

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