From today’s Washington Post, featuring one of the founders of this blog – Greg Barlow.
By Michael Alison Chandler
The Washington Post
Published: May 26, 2013
Greg Barlow did not want his fourth-grade son to take the Standards of Learning math test, but he did not know what would happen if he refused. Would his son get a failing grade? Would it go on his permanent record?
Barlow researched state and local codes and finally decided to try it. He sent an e-mail to his son’s principal and teacher at his Prince William elementary school, informing them that he planned to keep his son home on test day.
“It was the scariest thing I’ve ever done,” said Barlow, a former Air Force fighter pilot.
That was four years ago. His son opted out of math tests two other times and never suffered any ramifications. Barlow wrote about his experience on a Web site, and now he offers research and advice to others around the state and beyond who are thinking of making similar choices, he said.