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New Standardized Tests Coming Next Week

Posted 11.28.2012 | Education

Pennsylvania school districts are set to administer the first wave of new statewide standardized tests, which students must pass in order to graduate ...

Philadelphia Test Scores Drop With Tougher Anti-Cheating Measures

Posted 09.24.2012 | Education

Following the implementation of unprecedented security measures to fight cheating, 2012 standardized test scores in Philadelphia dropped significantly...

Sending Off My Nervous Baby Into the World -- of Standardized Testing

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 05.14.2012 | Parents
Homa Sabet Tavangar

I'm mad this morning. My 8 year-old is a nervous wreck. Today is the first day of PSSA standardized testing at her school.

Opt Out Chronicles: Why and How

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 04.24.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

We need to take back our public schools. After ten years of No Child Left Behind and PSSAs, are you ready for a change? Have you had enough with high stakes testing?

Opt Out Chronicles: Fighting Sabotage

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 04.01.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

We want the end of punitive high stakes testing that labels children, teachers and schools as failures. We do not want our tax dollars going to the pockets of testing and data companies. We refuse to allow our community-based public school be labeled as "failing."

Opt Out Chronicles: Politicians Are Not the Answer

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 02.28.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

How do we allow our children to take part in a system imposed by political operatives, lobbyists, and think tanks that only want to get at the money tied up in public schools and declare the public system a failure?

Opt Out Chronicles: Losing My Religion

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 02.14.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

In case you've forgotten, I have been waiting patiently for the superintendent of schools in my district to respond to my email explaining the parent ...

Opt Out Chronicles: Organizing and Bullying

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 01.28.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

Parents are the only ones with the power to stop high stakes testing and take our schools back from the corporate reformers.

Do Not Judge, Do Not Condemn

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

However, religion is a federal issue and NCLB is a federally mandated monstrosity. Therefore, all families can use religion as a reason to "opt out" of high stakes testing.