Opt-Out Support Letter for Sun Prairie

To teachers, staff and administrators of the Sun Prairie Area School District:

We, parents and guardians of Sun Prairie Area School District students, are writing to state our full support of our teachers and our administrators. While we have chosen to opt out our children of the Badger Exam (aka Smarter Balanced Assessment), we hope you understand that it is not our intent to undermine our named school, staff, or SPASD. We hold our schools, teachers and administrators in high regard and know that schools do important work. Opting out isn’t a decision we take lightly. We believe opting out is the right thing to do for our children and for our schools.

We have many individual reasons for opting out of the Badger Exam, but we agree that this test should not be used to assess our students, our teachers, or our schools. We support authentic assessments that help teachers diagnose student needs and inform instruction.

We have also completed the paperwork requested by the District (http://tinyurl.com/SPOptOut) and submitted the form to our principals and teachers. We appreciate the district's respect for our right to opt our children out of Badger testing at any time during the testing period.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to us. We hope that our decision to Opt Out is seen as a sign of support for our teachers, students and schools, and that we can work together to improve public school for all of Wisconsin’s students.

Sincerely,

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