Local control of schools is alive and well, but you need to go to Colorado Springs to get it. KOAA NBC 5 reports that Colorado Springs School District 11 has voted to seek approval from the Colorado State Board of Education to opt its 30,0000 students out of Common Core standardized testing. In lieu of testing all students, the District has proposed to test a random sample of students – enough to meet the federal testing requirements. Parents would have the opportunity to opt their children in or out of the randomized testing.
Even if the State Board refuses the plan, Superintendent Nicolas Gledich indicated the District will not give up. Gledich said,
“Then District 11 will have to continue to find some way to remove some of those other pressures so our teachers can teach to our children and not teach to a test.”
Too often, parents in Ohio who are concerned about Common Core and standardized testing are told by superintendents, administrators, and school board members that they share their concerns, but there is nothing the school district can do about it. Colorado Springs School District 11 has shown that school districts can do something if district leaders take seriously their duty to constituents.
School districts know first-hand that excessive testing takes time away from important classroom instruction and that testing too often is not an honest representation of a student’s abilities.
It’s time Ohio school districts re-assert local control of schools rather than just pay lip service to parent concerns over standardized testing. By taking a stand at the state level, school districts can put needed pressure on state leaders to roll back the unreasonable amount of testing being forced upon Ohio students.
KOAA NBC 5’s coverage can be found HERE.