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Some Parents Opting Out of 'End of Grade' Tests

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Charlotte, NC - As parents are bracing themselves for summer vacation, students are preparing for E.O.G.s (end of grade tests). 

These tests are used to evaluate what kids learned during the school year, but they also evaluate how effective individual teachers and schools are. They can be used to tell teachers and parents if a child needs to repeat a grade, but they don't count towards a student's overall grade for the year.
 
This year, some parents are questioning why their kids have to take these tests at all. Bobbie Mabe is one of them. She's concerned the stress of it all has gotten to be too much for her third-grader Hampton.

"Really within the last month, my son was not wanting to go to school... He was feeling sick every morning," says Mabe. "And when I asked him what the problem was, he was afraid that he was going to fail the E.O.G.s and that that would result in possibly his teacher losing her job."

Mabe says knowing her son is worried that he could be responsible for someone's employment is simply unacceptable. This year, her family has decided to refuse to take the test.

"I'm not anti-assessment. I agree with assessments. I think at 8 and 9 years old, which is a third grader, the importance placed on the one, giant test is a problem," says Mabe.

Mabe thinks parents need to be made aware of the fact that opting out is even an option. Unlike some other states, North Carolina doesn't have any procedures in place for parents that would rather their children not write the year-end test.

"A lot of parents think that... you cannot refuse the test, that you're legally not able to do that. I mean there's just a lot of questions out there that need to be answered for parents," she says.

 But Sterling Elementary Assistant Principal Rhiannon Riley says 'End of Grade' tests are essential for keeping teachers accountable.

She says she thinks these tests are an effective way of evaluating teachers when used in conjunction with other methods. She believes that being able to compare teacher results and have ones that score well share their best practices with ones that didn't score so well is valuable.

 Mabe knows teachers need to evaluated, but she says the proof comes by way of her son, not a test score.

 "He loves school. Loves school, loves his teacher," Mabe says of her son.

 For this family, the fact that he loves going to school is enough to give his teacher a passing grade.

 
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