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Choosing to refuse
March 16, 2016
Opt-out movement gains foothold in Tennessee as more parents and students refuse state assessment
The opt-out wave is beginning to gain traction in Tennessee, a year after mass numbers of students refused tests in states including New York, Washington, and Colorado.
February 23, 2016
Opt-out movement unlikely to provoke sanctions from state, this time around
Though a federal mandate requires students to take state tests, the Board of Regents is unlikely to impose sanctions for low participation this year.
February 10, 2016
In their search for Tisch’s replacement, lawmakers ask, Did you teach?
On Wednesday, legislators vetted candidates for the Board of Regents seat that Chancellor Merryl Tisch will vacate in March.
eyes on the clock
February 8, 2016
Why New York’s switch to untimed tests might not matter (and why teachers aren’t so sure)
A handful of states have administered untimed tests for over a decade. What can New York learn?
February 5, 2016
As Albany’s power dynamics shift, Elia gets an education in politics
Since her appointment last May, Elia has promised to work closely with the state’s many opposing educational groups, but that is becoming a challenge.
February 2, 2016
Fariña holds firm on testing, despite mounting pressure from opt-out leaders
As the state’s recent testing changes draw fire from opt-out leaders, the city’s schools chief took a jab at the movement.
February 1, 2016
Opt-out leaders to New York: Your testing changes don’t appease us
The parents who organized a record-breaking boycott of state tests last year say the commissioner’s latest effort to alter state tests is not nearly enough.
December 16, 2015
How the Every Student Succeeds Act could change New York schools
The law could eventually lead to changes in testing, what happens to struggling schools, and more as the state gets more leeway to make education policy decisions.
November 12, 2015
2015 Colorado PARCC results and opt-out rates database
Search the 2015 PARCC results for Colorado. Also, opt-out rates.
November 11, 2015
State board signs off on Colorado bid for flexibility from federal law
The State Board of Education Wednesday grudgingly voted 5-2 to approve submission of Colorado’s request for flexibility in meeting federal education laws.
Updated September 3, 2015
Cuomo says Common Core ‘must be fixed,’ will begin (another) review process
Cuomo said he will task a team of advisors to make recommendations in time to direct another round of legal changes to state ed policy.
eyes on opt-out
August 20, 2015
Elia says supporting opt-outs ‘unethical,’ vows to keep pushing feds for waiver
“I think opt-out is something that is not reasonable,” State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said Thursday.
August 20, 2015
How many students opted out at your school? A school-by-school look
Find out how many students refused to take the 2015 state exams by school.
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.
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