Inside Opt-Out: The Pushback Against Testing
This Commentary special collection offers a range of perspectives on parents’ opting their children out of tests, from researchers who are studying the phenomenon, to parents who have long embraced testing boycotts, to teachers whose opinions on the subject vary widely.
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Parents have a civil right to opt out of testing when children's K-12 needs go unmet, write Judith Browne Dianis, John H. Jackson, and Pedro Noguera.Read Commentary
Read Commentary After 12 years of opting out of testing, Fred and Catherine Hamel interview their daughter on her experience.
Read Commentary Resistance to mandated tests, especially from parents of special-needs children, is reaching a breaking point in many districts, writes Rebecca Page Johnson.
See how a relatively small number of homogenous students opting out could tip a school’s rating into a different score bracket.Play
What Teachers Are Saying:
Cristina Duncan Evans
—High School Social Studies Teacher
"The Opt-Out Movement Needs to Address Educational Inequity"
—Middle School Teacher
"What the Opt-Out Movement Teaches Students"
—Middle School Dean
"Standardized Testing Has Created an Unfair Burden on Public Schools"
—Middle School Science Teacher
"Why the Opt-Out Movement Won’t Fix Testing"
—Elementary School Teacher
"Teachers Have No Voice or Choice in Testing, So Why Would They Support It?"
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