Florida School Board Member Opts-Out His Children From High-Stakes Testing


In a press release from three Florida parents organizations and Lee County School Board member Don Armstrong:

Lee County School Board Member, Don H. Armstrong, announced at Tuesday night’s Board meeting that he intends to ‘opt his children out’ of high stakes testing this school year.

Armstrong is the father of twins enrolled in fourth grade at a Lee County Public School. After much review of the state testing calendar, Armstrong has raised serious, ethical concerns about the amount of testing his children must endure. With careful consideration of recent concerns, he is publicly questioning the validity and diagnostic value of the tests.

Armstrong acknowledges the fact that scores often don’t arrive until long after a child has moved on to another grade or school. He also recognizes the negative impact of scores on children. He disagrees with the constant labeling of children. As a parent and elected member of our local school board, he is taking a stand.

With assistance from groups such as United Opt Out, Opt Out Orlando, Parents Rock, TNT, and ConversationEd, Armstrong is well versed on the FL statutes with regard to parental rights and the ‘Opt Out’ language. He is prepared to take this bold step on behalf of his own children. Armstrong also wants to encourage and support all parents who wish to exercise their parental right and choice to ‘opt out’ of high stakes testing.

For More Information Contact:

Don H. Armstrong, Lee County School Board member & Parent

Kathleen Jasper, Conversation Ed, #Boycott TheTestWebinar

Lori Fayhee, TNT: Testing is Not Teaching, (Lori is also the Lee Cty Parent who successfully opted her child out of FCAT last year)

Erika Donalds, Parents Rock,

NEWS: NBC with video: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/55765407/

About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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