Posts Tagged: opt out

WOO HOO! A blast from the past.

Originally appeared 2/21/2011 in Huffington Post. Well, my son and I haven’t reached a decision about carrying out the Bartleby project. We are starting to lean towards organizing others in the community to “opt out” of the testing week and plan for a host of alternative educational endeavors. However, since posting my last blog, my… Read more »

BustED Pencils Trending News: Pearson/ADHD; Angry White Mom; No test Tulsa

  Does that mean Pearson is starting to head down another road and get out of our public schools or does it mean disaster ahead? Pearson Acquires ADHD Testing Company BioBehavioral Diagnostics   Our own “Mom Michelle” and “Activist of the Week” from BustED Pencils is deeply offended and insulted by Arne Duncan’s remarks… Read more »

BustED Pencils Trending News: Dem. Declares War; No Show for SBAC; Racist? REALLY??!!

  Senator John Tester of Montana (who was a teacher) says, “Students shouldn’t be learning for the test, they should be learning for life.” Democratic Senator Declares War on Standardized Tests Diane Ravitch’s Blog says it best! No juniors show up to take SBAC at Seattle high school Really? The “Feds” can step… Read more »

BustED Pencils Trending News: Religious Reasons Yinz; Tim & WI movement; Adorable Girls Parody

  The inherent worth and dignity of every person.  Yinzercation creator/blogger Jessie B. Ramey, PhD writes one for yinz guys. The Religious Reasons My Kids Won’t be Taking the Test One of the founding members of United Opt Out (Tim) helps opt out gain traction in WI. As Wisconsin’s new Badger Exam rolls out,… Read more »

Opt Out Hits a Nerve!

From the Daily News in New York. Teachers unions and the parents who fueled New York’s testing opt-out movement are claiming the hollowest of victories after the refusenik ranks rose a still-to-be-determined amount. In 2014, 60,000 students statewide sat out standardized math and English tests. Guesstimates this year range from 100,000 to a quarter-million of… Read more »

BustED Pencils Trending News: Seattle Opt Out press conference; A child’s voice; Teacher Moral plummetting

Seattle’s NAACP stands up against targeted performance testing! WooHoo!! Education Chair, Rita Green, says “costs tied to the test this year is approximately $200,000,000 (two hundred million dollars)…” Did you hear that dollar amount?!  NAACP oppose SBAC and are calling on all parents to opt out and to opt out NOW. Jesse Hagopian, “Teachers in the Seattle… Read more »

#optout needs school leaders not politicians.

When I first got involved in the opt out movement I regularly tried to engage  school leaders (principals, superintendents, assessment coordinators) in a positive discussion about the opt out motive.  Things didn’t always go very positively.  Check out an older post that seems incredibly relevant today.   “If you oppose state testing, please contact your… Read more »