Once again, THANK YOU! to everyone who attended the State BOE meeting in Topeka on Tuesday. Concerns about student data, privacy and parental rights were addressed. The Opt Out Form we have posted was also a topic of discussion. You can find the Opt Out Form HERE and the Opt Out FAQ HERE.
A summary of the BOE meeting from Dr. Walt Chappell…On Tuesday, August 13th, 2013, the Kansas State Commissioner of Education confirmed during the public State Board of Education meeting that parents have a right to opt their children out of the year-end standardized tests. No child has to take or pass this exam to be promoted to the next grade level. Each teacher will test their students throughout the year and assign grades based on their performance. What the Opt-Out form does is prevent schools from forcing their child to take a Common Core test which collects data on each student who takes computerized assessments and sends it to Federal government contractors. It was also confirmed at the August 13th, 2013 Kansas State Board of Education meeting that parents have a right to protect the privacy of data about their child and family. Only after parents have been informed of what data is being collected and have provided written consent can school districts legally send their private information to any other agency or government entity. School districts are violating the FERPA federal laws if they release individual student and family data without prior, written parental consent.