From: Michelle Rigby
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: HB0164
Date: Tue Feb 16 07:43:48 MST 2016
I'm writing to request that you vote against this bill. Taking away a parent's right to opt a child out of SAGE testing (whether end of the year or interim/practice tests) is an inappropriate interference in a parent's right to choose the best option for their child. I understand the effort to improve SAGE scores, which this bill clearly attempts to do by mandating practice tests, inventing students with rewards to participating, and threatening students with lowered grades by opting out. However, the fact remains that this series of tests are experimental and invalidated and it is a parent's right to decide if as such, participating is a waste of their child's time. Perhaps if you would like to improve scores and participation on these tests, your efforts should be toward validating their methodology. Then more parents would willingly allow their children to participate and stripping away their parental rights would be unnecessary. Thank you for your consideration. Michelle Linton