This link at the bottom is an awesome piece on opting out by WWNY. As much to my chagrin when Mr. Turner and Ms. Hanno encouraged students to take the test in the clip, I have to give props to Mr. Turner for saying what he did at 1:25 -
"there is an opportunity for parents to opt their students out if they feel that that's necessary".
Statements like this empower parents because they inform. In his
statement, there is no push to take the test or opt-out. Frankly, it
puts the decision in the parents hands and they must decide. This is an
example of how education should be. Of course Abby and I would have
been ecstatic if he encourage opting-out, but we were very happy when we
heard him say what he said.
I have been critical of Carthage
Central over these past couple of years, but I have to say they do treat
opt-outers with more respect than other districts. I do have family
outside of this area who's school is enforcing sit-and-stare for
opt-outers and I hear other terrible stories from across the state.
Carthage stopped the sit-and-stare last year and have an alternate
location for the opt-outers and they are allowed to read.