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Pasco parent complains that quarterly checks conflict with Jewish holiday



Pasco schools kicked off their regular quarterly tests, or "checks," on Monday and immediately ran into a roadblock. And this time it wasn't a parent complaining about too much assessment.

Instead, the parent noted that one of the tests coincided with the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashana, one of the religion's holiest days. In discussing the issue with school staff, the family told superintendent Kurt Browning they ran into resistance.

"Scheduling tests whether it be at the discretion of the school or the direction of the District is not only insensitive, but discriminatory," Alan Beer wrote in an email to Browning. "Furthermore, suggesting my son can 'make it up' later now means he will be forced to miss another day of classwork to take the exam. Unacceptable!"

He asked for the testing to take place a day later.

Browning told area superintendent David Scanga that a makeup should be acceptable. Meanwhile, others in the superintendent's leadership team recommended looking more closely at the calendar for holidays when scheduling tests.

This issue is not new, in that families often complain when state testing overlaps Good Friday, Passover and other holidays. But concerns over local assessments are not as frequent.

[Last modified: Monday, October 3, 2016 12:46pm]


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