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Not All Tests Are Created Equal: Parental Rights and Standardized Tests

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Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership Volume 17, Number 2, ISSN 1555-4589


This case focuses on one parent's request to have his daughter exempted from district-mandated computer tests (called STAR Enterprise tests). These tests are administered several times per year as a formative assessment to gauge student achievement in the areas of reading and math. The parent was concerned that the district was spending too much time testing and not enough time teaching students. The principal of the school and the Director of Assessment and Accountability for the district had to determine whether a parent's wishes for his child superseded the mandate set forth by the State Department of Education with regard to gathering sufficient formative data to monitor and report student progress.


O'Brien, J., Winn, R. & Currier, K. (2014). Not All Tests Are Created Equal: Parental Rights and Standardized Tests. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 17(2), 41-48. Retrieved January 28, 2022 from .

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