From: Angela Norman
To: Brad Last, Lowry Snow, LaVar Christensen, Kim Coleman, Bruce Cutler, Steve Eliason, Justin Fawson, Francis Gibson, Eric Hutchings, David Lifferth, Daniel McCay, Carol Moss, mnoel, Marie Poulson,
Subject: sage testing
Date: Wed Feb 17 15:29:57 MST 2016
Body:
I would like to have you oppose HB 164.  While I understand the need for testing, eliminating the opt-out would be a loss not only of parental control, but also place an extra burden on the students.  As a special needs mom, I am very appreciative of the fact that schools are working with children that don't learn the same way or on the same level as those in the same age group.  These children can learn, but only with curriculum that is on their level, and accommodations to help them succeed.  However, these children are not only expected to complete the SAGE testing on the same level as their age peers, there cannot be any accommodations.  This is very frustrating for the children, and their teachers, but it is setting them up for failure.  These children can be successful in a school setting, but forcing them to take tests they are not capable of performing well on.  
Please take this into consideration before casting  your vote.  
Thank you for your time.
ABN