This evil. Copy/pasted from Moyers Public School's facebook page in Oklahoma:
"In my 25 years in education I have seen many changes. As a teacher,
principal and superintendent, I have always tried to make these changes
adapt to our particular school in a way that follows the guidelines but
also takes into consideration the individual child. This has worked
relatively well as I feel that we follow state guidelines and our
students' needs are always considered.
" Personally, as an educator, I
have always felt that too much emphasis has been placed on testing but
if that is what is required by individuals more qualified than myself,
then that is what we will do. However, with that being said, I find
myself in a very difficult position.
"We have a family of students whose
parents were both killed in a car accident this week. When our
district test administrator called the State Department of Education to
ask for an emergency exemption for these students, it was denied. This
is not considered a reason for exemption by the SDE. The SDE believes
these students should be tested and their scores be used to not only
judge them but also used to evaluate their teachers and their school at a
time in their life that is unimaginable to most.
"So as administrator
of our district, I have made the decision to go against the SDE rules
and exempt these students from taking their tests. This may or may not
cause our school to receive an 'F' on our school report card for not
meeting our testing percentage but it is the only decision that best
meets the needs of our students.
"As an educator and a human being with a
reasonable amount of common sense, I don't feel like any test these
students take during this time would be valid in any way. Testing and
its importance are quickly escalating out of control and our common
sense appears to be going in the opposite direction."
-- Donna Dudley
As one of the commenters stated, "This needs to go viral." I agree.