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[Susan notes: It's important to affirm that parents are doing the right thing in opting out and that no research supports this irresponsible testing.]

Submitted to Chicago Tribune but not published

To the editor

Re: Opting out of PARCC proves murky process for parents, students

Part of the reason for the growth of the opt-out movement, as noted by the Tribune, is that the tests are too long: We are now testing far more than we have ever done, even though studies have shown that increasing testing does not increase student learning, and there is no evidence that the new tests will help students or teachers.

The Tribune also mentions that there are "technological glitches." The new tests are delivered online, which means billions for infrastructure, up-to-date computers and operating systems for each student, and constant upgrades. This also means new technology whenever "progress" in made in the computer world, with the inevitable problems with new software and hardware. We can expect the glitches and financial drain on schools to continue indefinitely.

Parents are doing the right thing in opting their children out of this irresponsible, unresearched, nonstop testing program.

Stephen Krashen

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