“The ideal situation, the end goal, is not just to opt out, but to opt into a better system.”

Dr. Ricardo D. Rosa. UMASS Dartmouth professor & parent
Opt Out Headlines
Madeloni: Commissioner Misleading Educators on Testing Opt Outs
The Less Testing, More Learning Coalition is calling on Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester to denounce bullying, pressuring or punishing of students who opt out of the MCAS.

The Less Testing, More Learning Coalition is calling on Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester to denounce bullying, pressuring or punishing of students who opt out of the MCAS.

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MTA Delegates Vote for Opt-Out Movement
The largest policy-making body of the association passed a multi-pronged New Business Item in support of the right of parents to opt their children out of state standardized tests.

Delegates to the 2015 MTA Annual Meeting have voted to support the right of parents to opt their children out of high-stakes standardized testing.

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Standardized Tests 'Don't Define Us'
Swift River School students gained more time for projects and research by opting out of standardized testing.

The movement to boycott standardized tests and reform test-based accountability systems current being implemented across the country is growing. Though exact numbers are impossible to know...

Movement Takes a Stand Against High Stakes Testing

One movement that has emerged from the anti-Common Core, anti-high stakes testing mindset is the “opt out” movement, in which proponents are urging families to refuse state testing on behalf of their children.

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Boston Schools Lose Top Standing After Students Opt Out

A new report on state standardized test scores has downgraded Boston Latin School, one of the city’s premier educational institutions.

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Revolt Against High-Stakes Standardized Testing Growing

The movement to boycott standardized tests and reform test-based accountability systems current being implemented across the country is growing. Though exact numbers are impossible to know...

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The Network for Public Education is calling for a national opt-out of high-stakes standardized testing.

National Opt-Out

“Opting out is a powerful way to send a message to policy makers.”

Diane Ravitch, public education activist
Jesse Hagopian, test boycott leader

Hagopian calls for meaningful education and outlines some of the greatest obstacles to students of the "testocracy."

“We are currently in the largest uprising against high-stakes testing in the history of the U.S.”

Jesse Hagopian, Seattle High School Teacher
Jeanette Deutermann makes the case for opting out

Long Island parent organizer speaks passionately about test refusal as an act of "upstanding" for what is right and calling out what isn't.

“It's not okay to punish a teacher...who wants to make a difference.”

Jeanette Deuterman, New York parent organizer

What was behind this school's successful opt-out effort? Nothing less than the love and support of the community, says elementary school teacher Danika Tyminski.

“We will continue to do what's in the best interest of our children.”

Danika Tyminski, elementary school teacher

Take action

Organize a community forum for opting out

The MTA’s Education Policy and Practice Committee is assisting locals that are interested in organizing community forums on opting out of high-stakes, standardized tests. This is a great opportunity for parents, educators and community leaders to come together, share information and learn how to refuse standardized tests. For assistance, contact Dan Clawson at clawson.dan@gmail.com.