Students in grades 3 through 8 are taking the Pennsylvania Standardized System of Assessment this week, which has been revised to reflect the Pennsylvania Core variant of the national Common Core standards.
Among the biggest changes to the test is a writing section that has been added to the reading assessment, forming a new English language arts section that joins a modified math portion.
According to PhillyMag
, the opt out movement is growing in Philadelphia, where the families of 486 students have already requested exemption from the test, compared to just 20 last year. Those numbers may continue to grow, according to Kelly Collings of the Caucus of Working Educators
Statewide opt-outs will not be totaled and available until July, but last year the number was about 1,000 across Pennsylvania.
In order to opt out, parents must follow a protocol
that involves writing a letter, visiting the school, reviewing test material , and signing a confidentiality agreement not to disclose PSSA content.