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The ESSA: A renewed attack on parents’ and students’ rights

Reposted from   The education deform empire strikes back by Marilena Marchetti The battle over high-stakes testing and the future of public education is back in play after the … Continue reading

June 21, 2016 · 4 Comments

Washington BADASS Teachers (WA BATS) Opt-Out Cheer Squad

As Washington BADASS Teachers (WA-BATS), we believe that everyone should do anything and everything they can to fight the so-called “reforms” that are destroying our public schools.  Unfortunately, the reality … Continue reading

April 24, 2016 · 1 Comment

Introducing the Decision to Support the Whole Child Refusal Form

It’s no secret that refusal forms provided by school districts are designed to shame and intimidate parents into second guessing their decision to keep their children from participating in high … Continue reading

April 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Opt-Out Bus Spring Tour in Seattle

Welcome the Opt Out Bus when it comes to your neighborhood! Thursday March 31 at 2:20 PM at  Garfield High School Monday April 4 at 3:10 PM at Nathan Hale High … Continue reading

March 30, 2016 · 2 Comments

Opting out of standardized testing is a diverse movement

By Jeff Bryant with The Progressive:  The Fight Against Standardized Testing is More Diverse Than You Think  In 2013, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan tried to minimize the movement … Continue reading

March 19, 2016 · 2 Comments

Sing “Opting Out” to Auld Lang Syne: Happy New Year!

I just came across this on Facebook and wanted to share. For all in our great state, replace Al-ba-ny with O-lym-pia. Spread widely and Happy 2016!!!  

January 1, 2016 · 3 Comments

Testing, Charters and Strikes, oh my! Video of panel with Jesse Hagopian, Wayne Au and Dora Taylor

On October 17 of this year, Jesse, Wayne and I spoke on a panel at the annual Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference sponsored by Rethinking Schools about the testing opt out … Continue reading

November 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Sample Opt Out Letter

Standardized testing has started in Seattle Public Schools. Wondering when your child will be tested? Curious what tests will be given at your school?  Here are the links to the … Continue reading

October 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing

This resolution is modeled on a resolution passed by more than 819 Texas school boards in 2012 representing 80% of the districts and endorsed by 88% of the students. It was written … Continue reading

June 21, 2015 · 2 Comments

Nova High School Common Core SBAC opt outs at 100% for 10th and 11th graders

Nova High School, an “option school” in Seattle that offers project based, student oriented learning with a focus on critical and creative thinking, broke the record in terms of opt … Continue reading

May 4, 2015 · 6 Comments

95% of the Juniors at Ballard High School opted out of the Common Core SBAC

The numbers keep rolling in and tell the story. A related story: Ingraham High School staff objects to the SBAC. Dora Taylor “As a former teacher, I know that ‘No … Continue reading

April 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

190,836 Students Opt-Out of New York’s Common Core ELA Assessment

From Truth in American Education: 190,836 Students Opt-Out of New York’s ELA Assessment A New York-based Opt-Out advocacy group called United to Counter the Core reports that 190,836 students as … Continue reading

April 25, 2015 · Leave a comment