Parents Say No to Ohio Proficiency Test
Who are the BULLIES?
The State of Ohio legislators are bullying us into believing that:
TRUTH: Testing can never replace authentic learning demonstrated and evaluated in the classroom. NO single test can assess critical thinking and problem-solving skills adequately enough to be used for such high-stakes decisions.
The OPT one-size-fits-all assessment model is valid.
TRUTH: OPTs ignore individual learning styles and economic and cultural backgrounds.
OPTs improve instruction and overall education.
TRUTH::Narrow scopes of OPT material are actually limiting curriculum as districts focus on teaching to the test simply to improve a set of test scores with questionable meaning.
State legislators know what is best for our children's education.
TRUTH: Legislators have grasped centralized control in determining content, depth, timing and assessment of our curriculum. In doing so, they have stripped local districts of utilizing their professional teaching staffs for such decisions and diverted attention from the real issues of education reform and adequate funding.
How do we deal with Bullies?
Find some friends and JUST SAY NO
You can say NO and exempt your child from the 4th, 6th or 12th grade Ohio proficiency tests. Contact the Ohio Department of Education at 466-3224 to learn about your rights and procedures for exempting your child from the 4th, 6th or 12 grade Ohio Proficiency tests.
It's as simple as informing your school principal in writing! Learn the truth and TELL, TELL, TELL. Educate yourself about standardized testing and the history and political arena surrounding the Ohio Proficiency Test
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- K-12 Testing
- University Testing
- Fact Sheets
- Get Involved
- Other Resources