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Detroit Parents Opt Out of Testing...
Lansing Should Listen
Story written by Nancy Kaffer of the Detroit Free Press
The 450-and-counting Detroit parents who've opted out of this year's state standardized tests are asking a simple question: Why?
City schools test low — predictably, because poverty is strongly correlated to poor academic performance, and the number of Detroit kids who live in poverty is unacceptably high — results the state uses to justify any number of punitive measures, most recently, threatening to close schools the state says are failing.