According to the U.S. Department of Education, the dropout rate among those between 16 and 24 years of age decreased from 12 percent in 1990 to 7 percent in 2012. But it seems a different kind of dropping out is happening now in in New York public schools: the opt out, as a result of controversial issues raised by standardized testing.
What we are seeing is test refusal, parents and students saying, “Enough is enough, let’s focus on what really matters in education.” As a lifelong independent school educator this isn’t something I face much, but it does crop up when people ask why Darrow School doesn’t offer Advanced Placement Testing. Even with APs, there is a growing chorus of schools opting out of that treadmill of fact cramming and regurgitation.
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