Great article regarding the testing situation in Pittsburgh. No doubt this applies nationwide.
As we head into several weeks of high-stakes-testing here in Pennsylvania, I would like to share with you the religious reasons my children will not be taking the state mandated PSSAs. Here is an open letter I sent to Dr. Linda Lane, Superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools; Dr. Lisa Augustin, Director of Assessment; Ms. Jamie Kinzel-Nath, Pittsburgh Colfax K-8 principal; and all of our children’s wonderful teachers.
April 10, 2015
Dear Dr. Lane and Ms. Kinzel-Nath:
Pursuant to Pennsylvania Code Title 22 Chapter 4, section 4.4 (d)(5) I am hereby exercising my right as a parent to have my children, ____________, excused from PSSA testing on the grounds of my religious beliefs. Please allow ___________ to pursue alternate educational activities such as a research project or volunteering in younger classrooms during testing.
I could stop my letter right there, as that is all that is legally required by the state…
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