U.S. Education Department threatens to sanction states over test opt-outs

/ 28 January 2016 / Shawna

The Opt Out movement has been growing in Minnesota and nationally. “Opt Out” refers to parents and guardians choosing to exclude their students from standardized tests. Valerie Straus’ January 28 Answer Sheet article in the Washington Post discusses potential push-back from the federal government: “Under NCLB and now under ESSA, at least 95 percent of eligible students are required to take the state-chosen standardized test used to hold states and school districts ‘accountable.’” Straus further suggests that under ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), the Education Department has the authority to sanction those states who do not meet the 95% threshold.