The group Opt Out Louisiana has planned events around the state at noon Saturday to explain and promote the movement of parents to opt their children out of standardized tests aligned with the Common Core State Standards.
Opt Out Louisiana is an affiliation of more than 1,600 parents and supporters on Facebook. The opt-out movement is centered on new standardized tests developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.
The group’s local “No PARCCing in the Park” event is planned in Girard Park in Lafayette at noon Saturday. Other events are planned in Bossier City at Brownlee Park; in Shreveport at A.C. Steere Park; in Central at Lovett Road Park; and in New Orleans in Palmer Park.
The state Department of Education mandates PARCC tests in grades three through eight.
The event’s organizers say the parents of 4,200 Louisiana children opted their children out of PARCC testing in March.
Lafayette parent Ann Burruss said parents are refusing to have their children participate because the tests are poorly made and because “our children are more than test scores for a broken state accountability system.”
During the events, parent volunteers will be available to answer questions about opting out and will provide PARCC practice test questions, plus free opt-out fill-in-the-blank form letters.