Families threaten CCA with legal action due to M-Step

BIG RAPIDS — As Crossroads Charter Academy feels the concern and stress of preparing students for the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress or M-STEP, they also have have to deal with the concern of families, including two who refuse to let their children take part.

Recently, the MEAP test was replaced with the M-STEP, which will be taken by all students beginning in April in order to determine their educational standings.

At Thursday’s CCA board meeting, members discussed the best way to inform the two families concerned about the M-STEP that their children are required to take the test by the Michigan Department of Education, and are not allowed to opt out.

“A family has been bullying our teachers about the testing, but the teachers don’t make the curriculum,” said Ross Meads, principal of CCA high school. “They have threatened to go to the media and to take us to the court. We need to be aware that it could come down to legal action.”

Although students are not allowed to opt out of testing, they are allowed to opt out of situations such as health class and allowing directory information to leave the school district.

The two families were not present at the board meeting.

“I respect these families concerns, but in my position there isn’t anything I can do about it,” said Pam Duffy, CCA superintendent.

The board discussed a letter that will be sent to families explaining why they are not allowed to opt out of the test.

In other news, the school board discussed the Jump Rope for Heart event that took place on Feb. 11, which raised $3,730 for the American Heart Association.

The board also approved the MOISD Reading Now resolution with a 4-0 vote.

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