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Opt Out Movement

Gearing Up For Opting Out Of High-Stakes Tests

Alan Singer | Posted 03.22.2017 | Education
Alan Singer

New York State Allies for Public Education (NYSAPE), Long Island Opt Out, New York BATs, NYC Opt Out and Stronger Together, are gearing up their op-ou...

Why The Opt Out Movement Is Crucial For The Future Of Public Education

Diane Ravitch | Posted 07.07.2016 | Education
Diane Ravitch

In the past 14 years, parents have seen the destruction of neighborhood schools, based on their test scores. They have seen beloved teachers fired unjustly, because of their students' test scores. They have seen the loss of time for the arts, physical education, and anything else that is not tested.

To Marc Morial: At Least 86 Percent of Your Anti-Opt-Out Argument Isn't Teacher Controlled

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 05.09.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

On April 06, 2016, former White House correspondent for Politico Joseph Williams published an article in Takepart entitled, "Why Some Black Leaders Ar...

Are White Parents The Only Ones Who Hate Standardized Testing?

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.09.2016 | Politics

Students in the Commack Union Free School District in New York do well. The district’s high school is consistently ranked as one of the best on Long...

I'm Opting Out of Opt-Out

Shannon Sevier | Posted 03.01.2017 | Education
Shannon Sevier

Mass opt-out comes at a real cost to the goals of educational equity and individual student achievement while leaving the question of assessment quality unanswered.

End Voodoo Education: Vote "NO" on Revised No Child Left Behind

John C. Fager | Posted 12.02.2016 | Politics
John C. Fager

Next week you should vote a loud "NO" on the legislation to revise No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the current version of the basic American education law the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

A Celebration of Civil Disobedience

Vicki Cobb | Posted 06.10.2016 | Education
Vicki Cobb

This year the awards went to the leaders of the "opt out" movement in the metropolitan New York City area where parents are taking a stand by opting out of having their children take the high stakes tests.

Why the 'Opt-Out' Movement for High Stakes Testing Is Bad for Students in Urban Public Schools

Stuart Rhoden | Posted 06.12.2015 | Education
Stuart Rhoden

Can these diagnostics be improved? Absolutely. But we are fooling ourselves if we think that students should not have any quantitative measures of identifying academic growth -- even flawed ones such as the current iterations of high-stakes testing.

Why Our Kids Don't Love School Anymore

Michael Elliot | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Michael Elliot

Parents and students talked about the dramatic changes in curriculum and a flood of test prep in classes and homework. Some spoke about the massive expenditures for technology and testing materials, as hands-on instructional time declined.

More And More Students Are Refusing To Take Standardized Tests

ASSOCIATED PRESS | KATHY MATHESON | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- When it comes to standardized tests, parents across the country are (a) concerned; (b) demanding change; (c) pulling tens of thou...

Entire Faculty Of School Says Standardized Testing Has Taken Over Education

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

The entire faculty at a New York City public school is taking a stand against standardized testing. The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit education n...

Three Reasons Students Should Opt Out Of Standardized Tests -- And Three Reasons They Shouldn't

| Sarah Garland | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents

Now that spring is finally here, kids cooped up during this particularly brutal winter might be looking forward to enjoying some sunshine. Many will h...