Parent's Guide to Opting Out
Frequently asked questions about opting out
The MTA supports the opt-out movement — the right of parents to opt their children out of state high-stakes standardized tests. Opting out, or refusing the test, is a powerful way to protest the misuse of high-stakes tests in Massachusetts public schools. With each year the opt-out movement is gaining strength. In 2015 alone, more than 675,000 students across 14 states chose to opt out of high-stakes tests.
“The ideal situation, the end goal, is not just to opt out, but to opt into a better system.”Dr. Ricardo Rosa, educator and parent
“Opting out is a powerful way to send a message to policymakers.”Diane Ravitch, Education Activist
“We will continue to do what's in the best interest of our children.”Danika Tyminski, elementary school teacher