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Opt Out Tally
May 14, 2019
What proportion of students boycotted state tests at your New York City school in 2018? Here’s the breakdown.
Not a single student boycotted the exams at 108 city schools that offered the grades 3-8 tests, according to state data obtained through a freedom of information request.
Signed and sealed
January 17, 2018
Federal officials deny New York testing waivers but sign off on its plan for judging schools
The department mostly signed off on New York’s vision though they required some important tweaks.
August 29, 2016
Four charts reveal what Americans think about the biggest education fights, including school closures and opt out
There is no consensus on what schools are for in the first place.
eyes on opt-out
August 9, 2016
Who is driving the opt-out movement? The answer might surprise you
“They’re saying something bigger about the direction of education reforms in the U.S. It does bring together all sides of the political spectrum."
March 30, 2016
What does the opt-out movement want this year?
As students gear up to take the exams this year, there is a lingering question: What does the opt-out movement want to gain from boycotting tests again?
"a new view"
March 21, 2016
Rosa, new head of New York education policy: As a parent, ‘I would opt out’
Newly elected Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa’s statements underscore the striking nature of the leadership shift.
February 5, 2016
New York’s opt-out movement aims to influence policy, not just parents. Here’s how
The group leading the opt-out charge has taken the unusual step of endorsing candidates to serve on New York’s education policy-making body.
November 12, 2015
Tens of thousands of Colorado students opted out of PARCC tests last spring, new data shows
First comprehensive statewide data on opt-out figures for last spring's PARCC tests shows tens of thousands refused to take them.
eyes on opt-out
August 13, 2015
Tripling in size, city’s opt-out movement draws new members from over 160 schools
Top education officials defended the state’s annual assessments despite the unprecedented show of defiance.
August 12, 2015
The city’s opt-out movement, by the numbers
Brooklyn's District 15 led the way, followed by Manhattan's District 1 and Staten Island's 31. Top schools included Brooklyn's P.S. 146, P.S. 321, and P.S. 261.
August 7, 2015
With 2015 state test results on the way, attention shifts to opt-outs, new commissioner
This year's exams were also the first state tests taken during a full school year under Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Fariña.
June 2, 2015
Incoming commissioner Elia talks evals, promises to listen to opt-out concerns
MaryEllen Elia said Tuesday that she favors giving school districts more time to make changes to their teacher evaluation systems, but skirted questions about other hot-button issues.
March 16, 2015
Merryl Tisch: Opting out of the state exams is a ‘terrible mistake’
In a speech, the Board of Regents chief said officials would try to convince parents of the importance of the annual tests, which she compared to medical exams.
February 3, 2015
Opt-out advocates get attention from city’s most powerful couple
Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, were among about 100 people to attend an hour-long panel discussion focused on opting out of state standardized testing Monday night.
April 3, 2014
Rise & Shine: State exam week brings out support for both opt-outs and test-takers
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