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Breaking: COUNTDOWN TO WALK OUT 200+ Colorado students due to walk out on Common Core testing this Thurs/Fri!!!

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Breaking: COUNTDOWN TO WALK OUT 200+ Colorado students due to walk out on Common Core testing this Thurs/Fri!!!
This is how we take a stand. Students opposed to Common Core are done. Teachers who want to detract from the tests will get fired. Students cannot be fired. So, this Thurs and Friday over 200 students vow to walk out on testing. We must watch and witness this sea change. Even kids are saying NO to tyranny!!!

Testing is running amok for students these days. Besides the college-entrance ACT and SAT exams, there are Common Core assessments, state education and school assessments, district evaluations and teacher-effectiveness ratings.

The overload already prompted a reaction. According to U.S. News, “support is waning for the academic benchmarks [tests] as some of the groups that once most strongly backed the standards are turning away.”

“PDK International and Gallup found a marked shift in awareness of Common Core. One year ago, two-thirds of those surveyed said they hadn’t heard of the standards. Now, more than three-quarters have heard about Common Core, and it appears that many don’t like what they’ve heard.”

The report said “organized opposition” now “crosses all political lines.”

In Colorado there also are the Colorado Student Assessment Program tests, the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and now the Colorado Measure of Academic Success tests for all seniors.

It’s too much for some students, who have posted online a letter to the community regarding their tolerance level – which has been reduced to zero – for such testing.

The letter cites the cost for students in valuable learning time, the “testing fatigue,” the fact tests do not represent the material taught, that they fail to accurately reflect the education process and that they benefit no one except the “for-profit” companies that run and score the tests.

In a video, the students explain that they will be missing the pending CMAS standardized tests, which are called for by the No Child Left Behind federal law and are scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

“The CMAS is an unnecessary stressor,” says one student, “that distracts from our learning.”

And it was established as law by the state legislature with no input from students.

So they’ll just take a pass on the work, thank you very much.

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