[Susan notes: Contrary to usual policy, the Times published several letters disputing its editorial critical of opt outs ( Opting Out of Standardized Tests Isn't the Answer).
To the editor
"Opting Out of Tests IsnÃ¢€™t the Answer" (editorial, Aug. 15) does not speak to the reasons our family opted out, or why the vast majority of the families at our school did. I am not opposed to testing, or difficult tests; for better or worse, being good at taking tests helped me at every point of my educational career. But these tests are being used inappropriately. Opting out allows the growing number of parents dissatisfied with the direction of so-called education reform to act directly against it, and, we hope, compel policy makers to forge new directions.
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