iOS app Android app

Opt Out

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.

What Does the Opt-Out Movement Want?

Alan Singer | Posted 06.27.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Charging that Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State legislature in "Albany failed to act in the best interest of the children of New York," NYS...

FedED Threatens Opt Out Movement: New Dog, Same Old Tricks

Alan Singer | Posted 06.03.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Just when the current crop of presidential candidates was making Barack Obama look good, John King, the new "dog" at the federal Department of Education (FedED), pulls an Arne Duncan and attacks the opt-out movement with the same old set of tricks.

NY Times Mocks Opt-Out Parents, Fails Common Core English

Alan Singer | Posted 05.16.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

If you are the type of creative mind that starts without a plan, and has to experiment and learn by doing, you need someone to see you through the long and difficult time it takes for your art to reach its true level.

The Costs of No Rigor: Why Demanding Higher Quality Is Better Than Opting Out

Charles Cole III | Posted 04.18.2016 | Education
Charles Cole III

I recently read a report titled, "Out of Pocket: The High Cost of Inadequate High Schools and High School Student Achievement on College Affordability...

Why Every Child Should Opt Out of the Standardized Tests

Diane Ravitch | Posted 04.18.2016 | Education
Diane Ravitch

The testing regime is destroying education.It is driven by politicians who think that tests make students smarter and by educrats who fear to think an independent thought.

Latest Opt-Out Updates

Alan Singer | Posted 04.11.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Common Core aligned math tests will be administered April 13, 14, and 15 in grades three through eight. It is not too late to have children opt-out of this second round of exams.

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...

Opting Your Kid Out? It Means Opting Out of Being a More Informed Parent

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 04.07.2016 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Parents, saying they didn't want their children taking state tests, demanded that they be excused from taking them. But I hope they rethink that position this year.

Thousands Refuse Common Core Testing, Calls for National Opt-Out and Washington March

Alan Singer | Posted 04.07.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

New York State began 2016 Common Core aligned English-Language Arts testing on April 5. On Long Island, a major opt-out center, thousands of students ...

Opt-Out Group Demands Parents be Told Their Rights

Alan Singer | Posted 03.29.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

On Wednesday, March 30, at a press conference scheduled for New York City Hall, a coalition of opt-out groups will demand that School Chancellor Carme...

No, You Cannot Test My Child

Daniel Katz | Posted 03.28.2016 | Education
Daniel Katz

If you do feel the need to persuade me that the testing ritual is excellent and worthwhile, you should know that I have heard most of your arguments, and, frankly, you need new ones.

NYC Moves to Gag Teachers in Debate Over High-Stakes Testing

Alan Singer | Posted 03.25.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

The New York Times reports that New York City teachers are being pressured to remain silent in the debate over the impact of high-stakes testing on children and curriculum.

Tests and Children: Accessories to Education

Sara Roos | Posted 03.17.2016 | Education
Sara Roos

The essence of Education ®eform has been to transform students from the object to which pedagogy is directed, into the subject that is scrutinized as a proxy measure for institutional effect.

Overturn the Tisch Miseducation Legacy in New York

Alan Singer | Posted 03.14.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Merryl Tisch is retiring as Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents after trying to force Common Core, high-stakes testing, and teacher eval...

I Don't Regret Opting Out (OK, Maybe Just A Little)

Jennifer Gefsky | Posted 03.10.2016 | Parents
Jennifer Gefsky

The global economy needs intelligent, capable women. Their work and life experiences are invaluable to companies. So why does getting back to work have to be so damn hard?

I'm Opting Out of Opt-Out

Shannon Sevier | Posted 02.29.2016 | 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.

How to Best Increase Life Saving Organ Donations

Mirah Riben | Posted 01.19.2016 | Impact
Mirah Riben

An organ transplant is often a patient's last hope for life, and it is well known that there are an insufficient number of organs being donated from l...

December 2015 Is Gone, and So Is Arne Duncan -- But USDOE Nonsense Remains

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 01.04.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Any Duncan legacy piece should account for glaring Duncan lapses, and NBC's piece on Duncan does not.

Even Santa Can't Save Pearson (Mis)Education

Alan Singer | Posted 12.17.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Potential Pearson disasters are lining up. Pearson's Stanford 10 Achievement Tests that are used by U.S. school districts to assess student learning from kindergarten through high school will be phased out by June 2016. Many states are replacing them with their own standardized exams.

No Threat Left Behind: New York City Stifles Opt Out

Michael Elliot | Posted 12.16.2015 | Education
Michael Elliot

Whether you are a parent in a "high performing" school with plenty of middle and upper class children or a parent with a child in a "low performing" school with a population weighed down by the stresses of poverty, there is a powerful deterrent custom-made for you when it comes to making the decision of whether or not to allow a child to take the tests.

Opt-Out Campaign Must Continue

Alan Singer | Posted 12.14.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Parents in high-performing states like New York and Massachusetts must insist that the federal government not abandon the education of poor and minority children in the old-new South and southwest bright red states.

Losing Ground, But Not Because of Language

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 11.01.2015 | Education
Josmar Trujillo

There are terrible charters, to be sure, but there are also those that are winning people over. So I wasn't surprised that there was a strong show of force of families marching under the charter banner.

Schools Failed To Inform Parents Of The Right To Opt Out Of Tests, Says Lawsuit

ed | Sarah Tully | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of EdSource, where it was originally published. A parents group claims a Los Angeles County school district failed...

The Costs of Our Teachers Opting Out

John Ewing | Posted 09.21.2015 | Education
John Ewing

Study after study shows that experience counts in teaching. While recruitment may be an immediate need, retaining a workforce of outstanding, experienced educators is the ultimate goal.