MD Parent Sues To Opt Out Of Assessments

One parent is leaving nothing to chance with regard to testing in Maryland. Cindy Rose has filed suit in Frederick County,Maryland to keep her kid in class yet not have to be administered the MSA (Maryland State Assessment).

Via Missouri  Education Watchdog:

From and MD parent files suit over MSA opt out and sets precedent for future assessments:

Cindy Rose of Frederick County has taken the matter of MSA  (Maryland State Assessments) opting out to court by filing an emergency motion for injunctive relief. She is asking the court to force Frederick County Public Schools to allow her child to remain in her classes and not be administered the test.

Her daughter is in sixth grade and has a recognized anxiety disorder, and having to take six hours of high-pressure assessments in a week’s time on material that is not even being taught in the schools this year would cause her unnecessary and avoidable stress. When Ms. Rose tried to work with her school to opt her child out of taking the test, the school refused, saying she would have to keep her out of school for the entire testing period of 12 days.

Even though, like many parents are doing, Ms. Rose could simply have her child refuse to take the test when it is administered, she said, “I’m not putting her in the middle of that, nor should I have to, especially this year when the MSA means nothing. It isn’t a valid measure of student achievement or teacher effectiveness.”

Ms. Rose said she would have sought an opt out of the tests regardless of her daughter’s condition. “People need to know the MSDE has no legal right to force your child to take a test. Neither do they have a right to refuse your child access to school and learning for refusing [the test]. Parents have a right to refuse without consequences.