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Minnesota Opts Out of MCA Standardized Testing

MACC Operation Opt Out MEME 2015

Minnesota is Opting Out of MCA Standardized Testing!  Our Operation Opt-Out map shows some of the various school districts where parents are opting out their children from the MCAs.

MACC is very encouraged to see many friends across the state opting out of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs).  Parents have the legal and fundamental right to advocate for their children and guide their children’s education.

The recent announcement of Governor Mark Dayton and subsequent legislative hearings with Minnesota Commissioner, Brenda Casellius, have revealed that standardized testing is Minnesota is undergoing some reduction. We couldn’t be more pleased!

However, we still hear of some Minnesota school districts giving up to 14 standardized and other equivalent online tests per year, which does not account for teacher classroom tests.  This is abusive to students and learning.

At MACC, we believe in FAMILY FIRST!  So consider a few important reasons to opt your child out of the MCAs.

1.  Parents cannot see the test questions.

2.  Online tests collect and mine data studied by psychometricians at Pearson and AIR (American Institutes of Research).

3.  Online tests collect and mine data sent to the SLEDS – State Longitudinal Education Data System.

4.  Like other states, Minnesota is pushing for a file on every child and designated with a unique student identifier called “Digital Backpacks”.   Students already have personal log-in codes that identify them immediately.

5.  Computer adaptive testing does not test every child the same.   The subject may be the same for all students but the questions are not.

6.  Computer adaptive testing aids in uncovering children’s personal beliefs, values and characteristics.

7.  The FERPA law (Family Educational Right and Privacy Act) was gutted in 2012.  All data is now shared among 3rd parties, not only in our state but outside the state.  Once the data is “out there”, it cannot be retrieved.

8.  The MCAs are run through Pearson.  Pearson is a player in the reform of Common Core standards by delivering curriculum to match the tests given.  Pearson is also in charge of the PARCC test, one of the two national consortias created to test the Common Core Standards and thereby created a resulting curriculum.  Pearson has been well funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

If you would like to have your child opt out, merely use our MACC opt out testing template and hand deliver to your school’s principal, teacher (s) and testing director.  Your child will be given alternate instruction during the tests and removed to the media center or cafeteria where they can complete their classwork.

Visit our Operation Opt-Out link on our MACC website or Minnesota Against Common Core on facebook to get that opt out template.  Parents may always write their own letter to opt out their child.  Consider meeting with your principal to inform why you are opting out.

Common Core: The Great Debate

Mark you calendars! The CATO Institute is hosting an event you won’t want to miss.

Opposing Common Core:

  • Neal McCluskey, Associate Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute
  • Emmett McGroarty, Executive Director, Preserve Innocence Project, American Principles Project

Supporting Common Core:

  • Chester Finn, President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute
  • Michael Petrilli, Executive Vice President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute; moderated by Fawn Johnson, Correspondent, National Journal

This event will be streamed live www.cato.org/live, starting at 11am CST. Click here to learn more about this event and what will be covered.

This is a great chance to see experts go head-to-head in a debate over Common Core and then share your thoughts with us!

National Sexuality Education Standards: Core Content and Skills, K–12

Yes, you read the title right, that’s the name of this new standard for kids: K, as in Kindergarten, to 12th grade.

“The National Sexuality Education Standards were further informed by the work of the CDC’s Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT); existing state and international education standards that include sexual health content; the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education: Kindergarten – 12th Grade; and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics5, recently adopted by most states.”

Read it for yourself, print it out, it might be something that you want to ask your child’s school about.

Common Core – Growing Big Brother in the Classrooms

Michelle Malkin’s article “Who is Tracking our Children” should raise a huge red flag of distress to each and every parent in this country. This is downright invasion of privacy and deliberate abuse of companies against children and parental rights. And a stepping stone to cutting out parental say in education.

Governments spying, lying and conspiring against its citizens seems like a fantastic action movie for Hollywood. But this is no longer Hollywood, nor is it a motion picture. Today, this is real, and it’s even in our schools plaguing our children through many tools.

Technology: Under Common Core Standards certainly comes at a hefty price to privacy and parental rights. With schools coming under severe scrutiny because of RFID chips in ID badges and most recently, iris scans of children without parental consent, we have to ask who is really watching out for the best interest of our children when they are in school. Even the US Dept of Education’s Grit Report from February 2013 has listed sensors that will monitor our children including but most certainly not limited to Facial Expression Cameras, Posture Analysis Seats, Pressure Mouse, and a Wireless Skin Conductance Sensor .

Data mining: What is done with the information, who has access to it, and how long can these companies and/or our government hang onto and use this information against us? One must ask why do we need to collect all these data points, and why from children. One word comes to mind: Control. Someone has decided that in order to “Control” our children, they need to know every single aspect of their lives, their parents’ lives in order to “Control” every piece of every person’s lives. This is not the workings of a free society. Our educational rights as parents are quickly dwindling away with Common Core. If we wish to have any say in our children’s educations, we need to understand Common Core and Data mining and we need to inform all parents, school boards, legislators, and the media of these heinous and criminal acts against our children, us and our nation’s future in the world.

For more information, please read Michelle’s article here: http://michellemalkin.com/2013/05/31/whos-tracking-your-children/