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|NUMBER 187||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||AUGUST 2001|
NEA Discovers Parents' Rights!|
Reolution urges opting students out of tests
LOS ANGELES, CA - At its annual convention in July, the NEA amended the language of Resolution B-56, "Standardized Testing of Students," to include: "The Association believes that students, parents/guardians, teachers, administrators, schools, and school districts should not be penalized for parents/guardians exercising their legal rights to exempt their children from standardized tests."
This is the same NEA that has been highly critical of parents who seek to remove their children from explicit sex education programs, offensive reading assignments, or bilingual education. A Wall Street Journal (7-19-01) editorial observed that "NEA support for parental control depends on whether the program in question figures into the NEA's political agenda, as the union's opposition to school choice shows."
The Journal pointed out that "the average African-American or Hispanic 12th grader reads and does math as well as the average white 8th grader." The editorial added that "the sponsor of the resolution told the assembled delegates that 'poor kids, working class kids, are going to do poorly' on standardized tests, thus absolving her colleagues of responsibility for education outcomes."
The NEA has long opposed the use of standardized tests as "the criterion for the reduction or withholding of any educational funding" or "when results are used to compare students, teachers, programs, schools, communities, and states." (See Resolution B-56).