Take your children to work? Please don’t, say some school districts.
Today is the annual “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day,” But, the AP reports, districts nationwide have urged parents to keep kids in school to get ready for high-stakes tests. In Ohio, for example, students are taking the Ohio Achievement Assessment test today.
At schools where standardized tests aren’t being given, the exams may be looming. Student test scores have become increasingly important to public schools since the 2002 No Child Left Behind law was enacted, linking standardized test results to federal funding. Because of the high-stakes testing we’re involved in during the spring, the kids need to be in school as much as they can,” said Ron Simpson, a spokesman for a regional education service center in Richardson, Texas.
A spokesman for the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation has heard the complaints for years and is unmoved by the pleas to move the date. “Maybe they can do their tests some other day,” says George McKecuen. “It’s always there on the calendar, the fourth Thursday in April.”