Another Girl Forced to 'Sit and Stare' at Non-Mandatory Common Core Test Today for Three Hours
A Massachusetts mom has been calling and emailing everyone she can think of to get an answer to whether her eighth grade daughter is allowed to opt out of the field test for Common Core tests this spring. She is, but school leaders at Hastings Middle School in Fairhaven have refused to let the girl opt out. Initially, school authorities told her the tests would be in May. Then, on Wednesday, she learned the test would be today.
Several more emails ensued, during which administrators said the young lady would be required to sit in front of the testing screen with her classmates and enter and do nothing for the three hours the test took to administer. The student has a perfect attendance record she and her mother did not want to mar by keeping her home today. Last night, Michelle Furtado wrote this final letter to her daughter's school, and gave me permission to publish it.
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