A reminder of the tensions surrounding the opt-out movement. If too many parents opt-out, it weakens the legitimacy of the exams and makes drawing large-scale conclusions impossible. Here’s a case in point.
On Monday, Betty A. Rosa, the newly elected chancellor of the Board of Regents and the state’s highest education official, even said that if she had children of testing age, she would have them sit out the exams.
The message, clearly, is: We hear you.
But in New York City, the Education Department seems to be sending a different message to some teachers and principals: Watch what you say.