As the education reform continues, RVA parents are contemplating whether they should opt their students out of the standardized tests, according to a recent NBC12 (Richmond) article.
Parents across the country are trying to keep their kids away from standardized tests, and the parents of RVA students are no exception. Earlier this week, RVA Opt Out and Richmond Teachers for Social Justice organized a meeting for parents to discuss their concerns with SOL testing. There, the groups found fear that test taking has consumed the classroom and robbed both students and teachers of creativity.
George Bayer, Henrico county parent, has noticed the shift in his child’s school. “It’s hamstringing our teachers. They can’t really teach the lessons in a way that the children are really able to understand the concepts. They’re just being taught to take this test”, Bayer said.
RVA Opt Out plans to host another meeting Monday, May 19th to continue raising awareness of their stance against SOL testing.