SCS Parents Ask To Opt Out Of TCAP Test

(Memphis) Next week begins TCAP testing for schools all over Tennessee.

However, a growing number of parents are trying to opt out of these tests.

How well students do on the TCAP tests do next week helps determine if their teachers get to keep their jobs, and it’s now a big factor in them passing to the next grade.

Some parents are now saying enough with all the pressure on their kids.

Shelby County Schools held rallies to get students excited about TCAP tests next week but some parents like Jennifer Proseus see nothing to cheer about.

“The amount of time they spend testing and prep testing and the whole atmosphere of the school. Everything comes off the walls. It turns into a prison with concrete walls and blank bulletin boards,” Bartlett parent Jennifer Prosesus said.

This Bartlett mom asked Shelby County Schools to allow her children to opt out of TCAP after her third grader got sick last year just thinking about the test.

“It stressed her out enough that she missed a lot of school and was diagnosed with test anxiety,” said Proseus.

Proseus’ daughter was allowed to opt out of the writing assessment Tennessee students take. It is not factored into her grades.

However, Shelby County Schools said she must take the TCAP because the results are 25 percent of her grade.

SCS referred WREG’s questions about its policy to the state.

A spokesperson with the TN Department of Education said, “There is no provision in federal or state law authorizing a student to opt out of these mandated assessments.”

However, Proseus says some students in Nashville are allowed to opt out of TCAP.

There’s even a Facebook group of parents from all over the country speaking out against these type of standardized tests.

Proseus is one of them. She says the students forced to take these kinds of tests are getting younger and younger.

“Shelby County Schools started testing kindergarten and first grade last year as well. It’s sad. Making those babies sit for hours and hours taking a bubble test,” said Proseus.

Proseus is conferring with a lawyer about her right to opt out.

Meanwhile, she will take the tests this year like the thousands of other Shelby County School students starting Tuesday.

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