Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] testing and Sudbury Valley

From: Hughes <>
Date: Fri Feb 11 11:43:00 2005

There may come a time when a group of individuals have to file a suit
against these laws. In Massachusetts twenty years ago, I was threatened
with the Care and Protection Act because I didn't want my home-schooled
children tested. One year I even got a school alternative supporter with
the right credentials to be willing to say they were giving the test. I
filled them in myself being sure to get a couple wrong here and there.
Weary of the harrassment I experienced from the local town Superintendent, I
visited SVS. Sweet! Here was the environment I was trying to create for
my children to grow in and no hastles. If it would help, I would be only
too happy to start sending emails to the appropriate legislaters to change
these laws to support you. Testing is not learning. It's a lousy measuring
stick. This society has got to get past this ridiculous pressure from
organizations that are only perpetuating their product/service. If testing
were such a great idea, then how come the traditional school model is in so
much trouble? Maybe it's time to get the media out there discussing this.
I worked for a testing and consulting firm for a year or so back when. To
amuse myself, I used to take the tests over and over to see how much I could
maniuplate the results. I've always been good at tests and could never
relate to everyone's excitement about that. I know it's hard to be
different, it's hard to go against mainstream. Maybe it's time. Sometimes
it is.

> They can in Oregon. I don't think that's possible in North Carolina.
> ~Woty
> On Feb 11, 2005, at 10:53, sheila wrote:
>> Can the parents write a letter asking that their children be exempted
>> from
>> testing for philisophical or religious reasons?
>> Sheila
>>> Hello -
>>> I am interested in starting a SV school here in Charlotte, and I'm
>> currently working with the group in Asheville to get one started there.
>> One
>> issue that I have come across is testing. In North Carolina, there are
>> end-of-grade tests at grades 3, 6, 9, and 11. The students have to pass
>> with a minimum grade or they are automatically held back. I was hoping
>> there were exceptions to this rule, but there are not. Even private
>> religious schools have to comply with this.
>>> One way I thought of to handle this was, because there are no grade
>>> levels
>> in Sudbury schools, to just make the tests available, and if a student
>> wanted to take one, they could, in whatever grade they wanted.
>>> I do not know the consequences if testing is not done, maybe the school
>> would not be accredited. (Then would the students who attended be
>> considered truant?)
>>> I am ordering a start-up kit soon, and will then have access to those
>> archives, but until then -- if someone has started a school in a state
>> with
>> similar laws, how do you handle it? Does anyone have thoughts or ideas
>> about it?
>>> Thanks for your input -
>>> Gassho -
>>> Caren
>>> in Charlotte, NC
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